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Breakfast by the Sea

August 10, 2014

“The Miraculous Draught of Fish” by Raphael, Photo by M. Chohan (PD-ArtlAge-Over 100 years)

Chapter 21 of the Book of John describes the Apostles’ fruitless efforts to catch fish until the Lord intervened, after which their net overflowed.

Ministers generally focus on that part of the chapter – rightly so, since we are helpless without the Lord’s intervention. However, the chapter is entitled “Breakfast by the Sea” because the Lord not only observed the night’s toil but, Himself, made breakfast on the morn.

The Lord was so concerned for the welfare of His followers as to lay a fire and bake bread for them, with His own hands. Even in His resurrected form, even while teaching a spiritual lesson, He anticipated and responded to their ordinary, physical needs.

As He does with us.

Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread…Jesus said to them, ‘Come and eat breakfast’ ” (John 21: 9, 12).

Lord Jesus, Your loving care surrounds us. You sustain us through darkest nights, when our best efforts have proven futile. You know and meet our needs – great and small – before we recognize them, ourselves.

Nourish us in body and spirit, Lord, that we may be the fishers of men You desire.

Bring us safely to shore when our work is done, for we know You await us there.

Amen

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