Thursday, April 18, 2013

Putting Out from Land

On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. Luke 5:1-11

Putting Out from Land
Heading out from this safe port
onto rough and strange waters
what lies ahead is uncertain
and there is much to fear in the traveling.

Too often we returned with empty nets
too often we were bone tired
hungry and exhausted cleaning nets
with nothing to bring to our children.

The port is safe and warm
curling up in the sheltered cove
warm sand and soft breezes
better than striking out again.

We strike out again from this land
for we follow a loving master
a captain who shares the helm
and softly guides us through the dark.

We serve in plenty or in want
and find ourselves stretching and weary
still ready to drop the nets
into hostile waters for love.

We have sailed the worst empty seas
and sought shelter from enemies
and our table groans with the bounty
of love which knows now fear.

So send us out again teacher
for we have more to learn
and others had need of your feeding
help us be safe until we find home port again.

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