Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him. Luke 5:1-11
Let Down the Nets
O loving Creator who hears our pleas
we are weary and tired of fighting
so many have lost their livelihoods
so many have lost their lives to a virus.
It feels as if we cannot go on much longer
yet there is much to do and daylight to do it
we fear that all our efforts are in vain
that evil is rising taking the upper hand.
You had compassion for the ailing crowds
the lost, betrayed, the poor and homeless
you blessed weary fishermen abundantly
and revived the hopes of the people gathered.
Help us to let down our nets with hope
help us to trust that you will supply our needs
strengthen us so that we might try again
to bear love and hope into this aching world. Amen.