January 27, 2017 Friday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time-A
Hebrews 10:32-39
Psalm 37
Mark 4:26-34

Therefore do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense.   Hebrews 10:35
…the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.  Mark 4:27

Lord, when a farmer plants a crop in properly cared for soil it will yield fruit.  He may not understand how seeds germinate.  He just knows that they do.  There are many situations and events in life that I don’t understand either.  Why do bad things happen to good people?  Why do young children suffer serious disease?  Why does a young mother die in a car accident?  Life experiences like these can test our confidence in you, Lord.  I am weak and doubts can creep in when I don’t see things as you do.  I don’t doubt your power or goodness but the trials and difficulties of life can strain my faith and confidence in you.  Lord Jesus, plant and nurture the seeds of trust and patient endurance in my soil.  Bring on the spring rains of your grace to keep me strong when times get tough.  Remind me how many times you’ve had my back in the past.  Thank you, good Lord, for hearing my prayer.  Amen.