Grace Notes - Jan. 26, 2020
I am the granddaughter and cousin of seamen, many of them professional fishermen. So when I look at this picture, I see a beloved vessel. This boat has served someone
well. They have spent hours together sitting out in the water waiting, watching, listening and then working, catching, hauling. A boat like this becomes an extension of
you. You greet it like a beloved friend when you push it into the water and step on board.
I think of this as I read the Gospel passage for this Sunday, where Jesus calls out to a group of fishermen to come be his disciples. We’re told “immediately they left their nets” and “immediately they left their boats”. Perhaps we envision this scene as the bell ringing at the end of a school day or the whistle blowing at the end of a work day – everyone eager to be released from the work of the day.
But this time as you read this story, this time as you hear it, consider the beloved vessel being left behind, the beloved work being left behind. Consider what kind of call this must
be to garner such a bold response. Consider what sort of call you are willing to so boldly answer.
Blessings on the journey,
"Seize the day! Embrace the present! Plan for the future! At all times, remain in God's presence, seek to follow Christ, and yearn for the direction of the Holy Spirit who will guide your steps all along the way."