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"A Troubling Word"

December 10, 2003

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Mary was greatly troubled at his words. Luke 1:29

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION

The angel’s greeting troubled Mary. Her fears would be relieved as she began to understand God’s purpose for her life—to give birth to Jesus.

THE JOURNEY—DAY 11
It had been a couple of days since Bill had seen Chuck. Bill wanted to see him; he felt like he was overcoming his fear of witnessing and wanted to share God’s love with Chuck.

On his break, Bill walked to Chuck’s department and found him at his desk. When Chuck saw Bill, he smiled.

Bill asked, “How’s your son?” Chuck replied, “He’s okay. He had to stay for detention after school the past two days; but, everything will be all right.”

Bill anxiously said, “Chuck, I want to tell you about someone who can help you and your son.” Chuck sat up. Listening intently, he inquired, “Who is it?” Bill answered, “I believe it is Jesus. Jesus can help you and your son.”

Chuck tensed and looked troubled. Bill noticed the obvious change and immediately asked, “What’s wrong, Chuck?”

Chuck replied, “My wife called herself a Christian. She divorced me and left me alone to raise our son. If you ask me, Jesus hasn’t helped me one bit. Quite frankly, I don’t think I want to have anything to do with Jesus!”

Bill didn’t know what to say.

REALITY JOURNEY
What would you have said? People who do not believe in Jesus do not understand God’s plan or know the purpose of faith. Thus, our witness might fall on “deaf ears.” Yet, our witness is to continue with gentleness and respect. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for your friends who do not know or understand Jesus and God’s plan for their lives. Pray that God will help you understand your place in His mission.

Today's Bible Readings: Zechariah 9-10    Revelation 1

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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