The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. – John 1:5
We come to Advent with many expectations: expectations of ourselves and others; expectations that our current circumstances can’t live up to.
I love the suggestion that hope springs eternal even when the odds and circumstances suggest otherwise.
So we went – and we listened – and we watched. And then we went home. I thought that was it. Boy, was I wrong.
We’re all trying to get someplace. When we meet new people, our questions are usually about “Where do you live?” or “What do you do?” We don’t really ask “Who are you?” Or even more importantly, “Who are you becoming?”
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32 (CEB) In my last post, I mentioned being at a pastor’s retreat and sharing […]
Crowds represent many things to us – some are welcome and some are not.
13 is only 12+1. It’s not 12 that’s the important number but the +1.
Peter and the others, they may have been glad to see Jesus. Maybe they were comforted as they listened to Jesus teach while they cleaned their nets. Maybe they were pleased that Jesus asked to use their boat. Then Jesus told them to go back out and fish.
Granted, Peter saw the storm and began to sink. But I don’t think Peter ever said, “If only I hadn’t gotten out of the boat.” I think the other disciples look back and said, “What if I had?”