January 5, 2022
St. John Neumann
Astounding!
He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were completely astounded.
Mark 6:51

You can imagine just how scared the disciples were. It had been a long, confusing day, and now, in the predawn hours, the winds were tossing their boat. To make matters worse, a ghost was walking on the water toward them! You can almost see their stunned surprise when they realized it was Jesus—and the winds died down. Coincidence? Why were they so astounded?

Life can be really confusing to us too. Maybe it’s a bad medical diagnosis or death of a loved one; maybe it’s not getting the job we know we deserved. But eventually, we learn to accept the change as part of the journey. We quit looking to blame ourselves or others or God. When that happens, may we learn from the disciples and recognize Jesus in our rescue—and be grateful, not completely astounded.

Lord, open my eyes to your presence in calming the winds in my life.

- Melanie Rigney

1 John 4:11-18 • Psalm 72:1-2, 10, 12-13 Mark 6:45-52

Comments

January 5, 2022 at 03:24 PM

Will be praying for you today, Dennis. Prayers, also for the Living Faith family, including my own. Going to see my brother who starts chemo today. Not what we wanted to hear but I'll get the update in person rather than a phone call.

January 5, 2022 at 11:07 AM

Dennis, lifting you in prayer for a successful surgery and steady recovery. God Bless you and all who love and will care for you today.

January 5, 2022 at 11:07 AM

Living faith family I am waiting for the food truck, today is Feedmore day. Great time for prayers for you guys and those people who have no one to pray for them Yes also pray for the people who will be affected by the weather and covid19. Trucks here. Ken

January 5, 2022 at 10:06 AM

Praying each day for the intentions of each in our LF family, many by name and many, like Dennis today, by intention. For Tilly, I pray you are well as I haven’t seen any of your posts in a long long time. Lord in heaven above look down on each of us and grant us Your strength, Your peace and Your eternal love through our situations on earth.And Lord May all children have a figure in their life to point them to the way of Your Son Jesus. Amen

January 5, 2022 at 10:05 AM

Dennis, Be at peace...God has got this.

January 5, 2022 at 09:49 AM

Amen.

January 5, 2022 at 09:27 AM

Amen. Thank you, Holy Father, for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you, Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord Jesus Christ have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen Holy Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we ask that you release your warrior angels and heavenly hosts. We decry and declare that they would take us off the enemies' radar and scramble the enemies' frequencies (airwaves). Your Kingdom must come now. Your will must e done right now, as in the heavens, also on earth. Amen Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts - by the power of God - Cast into hell satan and all evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

January 5, 2022 at 09:25 AM

Amen.

January 5, 2022 at 08:06 AM

Amen.

January 5, 2022 at 07:56 AM

"Why were they so astounded?" Excellent question! *** Here is what Scripture says in today's Gospel Mark 6:52, "They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened." *** What was it about the loaves that they did not understand? Why were their hearts hardened? 1 John 4:18, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love." *** 1 John 4:13a, "This is how we know that we remain in Him and He in us!" 1 John 4:13b, 14b, 16, "(1) He has given us of His Spirit... (2) The Father sent His Son as Savior of the world... (3) We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us." ******* For me to understand and not harden my heart, only the Holy Spirit can help me bringing into fruition in 1 John 4:15, "Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God." It is as simple as acknowledging Jesus, my Lord and Savior, the Son of God, at all time! When I do, God will start and finish the work He has for and in me :-) Life will look like this in 1 John 4:17, "In this is Love (God is Love) brought to perfection among us, that we have confidence on the day of judgment because as He is, so are we in this world." *** Amen! So Smile by Sidewalk Prophets https://youtu.be/15V2sXSJ8Co *** Choose JOY, Jesus and Others and Youselves *** And Smile :-)

January 5, 2022 at 07:02 AM

Melanie, thank you for your strengthening words for all of us and our messy lives. Your words encourage us to see the hand that guides us, smooths our path, calms our personal storms and comforts our anxieties. Continued prayers for the storms our country is weathering, the surgeries and treatments of our LFF family and their families and those who don’t feel enough light to look towards it or even think about it. Amen.

Melanie
January 5, 2022 at 02:44 PM

Thanks so much for the kind words! This is one of my favorite Bible verses... I think because I find it so challenging. Blessings, Melanie

January 5, 2022 at 06:52 AM

Prays to you Sir in your procedure and recovery. Thank you Lord for the steady hands of the surgeons working with my Sister and Nephew.

January 5, 2022 at 04:52 AM

Prayers and best wish's for you Dennis. May God's hand guide the medical staff so you have a positive outcome. May the Lord walk with you and calm the wind's in your life.

January 5, 2022 at 03:17 AM

As I prepare this morning for surgery on my shoulder, and also battle Parkinson’s disease, I look to the Lord as I see Him walking towards me on the waters of life. Reaching out to save me from drowning, in the torrential sea of life, which engulfs me. My prayers this morning go out for all souls especially those who can’t see the Lords hand reaching out to them. Please Lord allow us to see You, Our Saviour.

CC
January 5, 2022 at 10:57 AM

Praying for your successful surgery and recovery

Maggi
January 5, 2022 at 10:08 AM

As you continue your journey "battling" Parkinson's Disease and facing a shoulder surgery, know that your guardian angel is by your side as is our God, and the prayers of your LF friends.

Annette P
January 5, 2022 at 09:07 AM

Prayers for you Dennis and for the surgeon who is operating on you. May God guide their minds and their hands to a successful outcome. And may God heal your body in the coming days and bring you comfort. God bless.

Katj
January 5, 2022 at 08:21 AM

Dennis- Praying for successful surgery and healing for your shoulder this morning. May the Lords hand reach out to the surgeons for a successful surgery and to you for a smooth recovery. God Bless

Kjc
January 5, 2022 at 08:20 AM

Dennis I will pray for you right now and I will pray for you this morning at Mass. Dennis may the Lord guide those people who are caring for you. Ken

Sandy
January 5, 2022 at 07:24 AM

Praying for you as you go thru this surgery and recovery. May your road not be arduous but an easy one! Keep looking ahead to how you will be whole and able to do all you want !

Salina
January 5, 2022 at 07:03 AM

May you experience the power, presence and providence of our God in this windy sea of life, Dennis! So you are in God and God is in you as you remain in His love and He calms your raging sea! Amen!

Jane
January 5, 2022 at 06:55 AM

Dennis, we are lifting you. I can hear that your faith has made you whole on this journey. May you continue to feel the hand of God reaching out to you daily on your journey. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Joann
January 5, 2022 at 05:53 AM

Prayers for healing.

Alyssa Peacock
January 5, 2022 at 05:19 AM

Prayers for Dennis....

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