It’s a nice Monday. We had a good rain and now, a prospect for some freezing precipitation on Thursday and cooler days. Thank God for this beautiful weather and be thankful you don’t live in the East part of the country. My daughter Lisa and her husband William had almost 39 inches of snow in Baltimore. They have been unable to get out for the last three days and the government is shut down thru Tuesday. They are going to have to dig their cars out and wait for the side roads to be cleared. It’s not for me.
Turner Ashby will be four years old on February 10 and Garret Bibb will celebrate his birthday on February 15th. And our dear Emily Rhodes will celebrate her birthday on February 17th. Leonard and Barbara Foster will have their 37th anniversary on February 10th and Joe David and Heather Yates will celebrate their anniversary on February 14th. All of you have a really great day!
It was good to see John Ceynowa in church and free of pain after his last surgery. Wayne Jordan still having trouble with his leg and he and Kathy are both dealing with colds. Sterling Jordan is under the weather. Andrew Kothmann is doing great but does not get far from home. It is always great to see Anna Grace Durst in church and I know she is very happy to be there. Continue to pray for Monica Cotter and Etta Marie Mutschink. Pray for our great and loyal service men and women. Pray for coming of Spring. Remember that Easter begins with Ash Wednesday on February 17th.
The Gospel Scripture from Luke 5:1-11 describes the calling of three of Jesus’ disciples. Jesus was walking along the side of the Sea of Galilee followed by a great multitude of people wanting to hear His message. He saw two boats pulled up to the shore but the fishermen had gone to wash their nets. Jesus got into the boat of Simon and asked him to move the boat a little way from the shore. Jesus then sat down and continued to teach from the boat.
When He had stopped teaching, Jesus asked Simon to move the boat out into the deep water and lower the nets for a haul. Simon replied that they had toiled all night and caught nothing but "on the ground of Your word, I will lower the nets". When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish. Their nets were at the point of breaking and they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and take hold of the nets. They came and filled both boats so that they began to sink.
When Simon saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees and said "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord". He was gripped with bewildering amazement, allied to terror, as were all who were with him, at the haul of fish that they had made. This included Simon Peter, and his partners James and John, sons of Zebedee. And Jesus said to Simon "Have no fear; from now on you will be catching men!"
And after they had run their boats on shore, they left everything, and joined Him as His disciples and sided with His party and accompanied Him.
Simon, James and John were ordinary men, fishermen who had worked hard all night and caught no fish. Jesus asked Simon to go out a little way and cast his nets into the water. And God created a great miracle for them.
The people saw what was happening. They saw the nets and boats filled with fish. They saw the fear that made ordinary men leave their boats and nets, full of fish, and follow Jesus, They believed. in the power of the Lord. They dropped everything and followed Jesus. They had new lives, full of love and grace, filled with Jesus Christ.
Become fishers of people, saving their lives. There are many examples of people that Jesus met along the way during those three years. Great numbers of people followed Him each day. These people became believers and were baptized. God was watching over them. He watches over us every day.
Be ready to follow God’s call. Any day, any time, be ready to follow the call of God. Be ready!