Luke 1: On Visions and Faith: A Comparison of Zechariah’s and Mary’s Responses to the Angel Gabriel

At this time, I thought I would repost this!

Fran Kramer

Zechariah’s Response

In Luke 1:18, Zechariah asks Gabriel, “How will I know that this is so?”  A good faithful person can have their doubts about God.  What is the cause of our doubt?

Gabriel Appears Before Zechariah Gabriel Appears Before Zechariah In most cases I think doubt is caused by believing that things can never be other than they are, especially as we have always experienced them.  Just being human in a worldly society conditions us to take what we see, hear and touch in the three dimensional world as more “real” than what we hold as an ideal or a miracle that we have heard about—especially if we feel buried under the constraining weight of that reality.  Zechariah, based on his own experience, probably thought as we think that old women can’t have children because he personally didn’t know any old women who did.  Yet what I find interesting is that 1) he…

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Dreams Can Provide Help in Interpreting Dreams

Ask for information from dreams to interpret dreams.

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Dreams can give all sorts of advice for those willing to pay attention to them. They can offer clues and even curative treatments for health problems, point out solutions to relationship problems and generally lead us through difficult times. The great dreams provide visions that can provide inspiration and guidance good for a lifetime. One of the least discussed benefits of dreams is that they can help us interpret them so that we are sure to get the right message to help us in the unique spiritual journey that defines each of our lives.

I am reminded of a recent dream I had that I found very enlightening when my life seemed to be going nowhere. I was very tempted to be angry and depressed, thinking everything I’ve done had been a waste. Then, I dreamed that there were many children surrounded by soldiers armed with rifles and assault guns. A voice told me that if I saw these children as being held captive by the soldiers, then I would be in the dark and clueless. But if I saw these children as being led to a place of freedom where they could thrive, I would have the enlightened perspective. The dream was literally telling me how to interpret itself! Of course, I took the children to be the many endeavors I had made over the last ten years to grow my work. It was comforting to know that in this difficult time, the fruits of my labor were actually being taking care of and protected.

Another example of a dream helping me with dreams occurred when I asked for a dream to tell me how important it was to record every single dream since I was in the habit of doing so. Sometime that can get tedious and make for a lot of work. I then had a dream of a wise old oriental man telling me not worry about recording every single one of them. Some are more important than others. As a result, I still try to write my dreams down regularly but I don’t worry if I miss one I can barely remember or has little energy attached to it.

If you have a question about your dreams, why don’t you ask for a dream that will give you the answer?