God’s People Ask Questions

Advent A, Dec 6, 2013
Read Luke 1:18-20, 34-37

“Zechariah said to the angel, ‘How will I know that this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years.’” (Luke 1:18)  “Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’” (Luke 1:34)

It’s reassuring to me that both Zechariah and Mary questioned the angel.  And not only Zechariah and Mary, but many of the prophets and apostles also questioned, objected, and even argued when God spoke to them!  Still, God wanted them.  God chose them.  God used them.

When I question God–and even if I argue with God–I am not rejected!  God still wants me; God still chooses me; God can still use me.

Meditation:  Think about God’s love.  Think about God’s knowledge of you.  Realize that God loves you anyway!  Commit yourself to God – totally, in all honesty, holding nothing back.  Ask God for grace to commit yourself more completely.

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About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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