Breakfast Time

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Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast” (John 21:12)

There is something comforting about the way in which Jesus dealt with his disciples after the resurrection. There they are, seven of them, bobbing away on a boat on the Sea of Galilee, fishing. A figure calls out from the shore, asking if they have any fish, and they call back: “no”. He calls back, telling them to cast out the net on the other side, and they do just that. The result is a net so full of fish they could not haul it in. That’s when one of them recognises that it is Jesus.

Peter jumps off the boat, and makes his way to shore whilst the others sail in, pulling the net behind the boat. When they land, they see a charcoal fire ready with some bread and Jesus asks for some of the fish. Then he adds: “come and have breakfast”

All of this is a perfect illustration of the way that the Christian faith is woven through everyday life. God is not too grand for fishing, or the things with which we fill the day. What we think of as mundane is in fact the place where we can meet with God. Yes, we can be swept up with the great thoughts of God, but we mustn’t think that God isn’t interested in all aspects of our life.

After all, when Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection he gave them breakfast.

Photo: Sunrise on Sea of Galilee by Ksenia Smirnova

Be Doers

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. (James 1:22–24) - Around me lie the broken scraps of many good intentions. They litter the carpet like straw on a stable floor, thickly piling up in the corners. Our beliefs should result in actions as we put what he have heard from Jesus into action. He will strengthen us as we seek to live out the Christian life.

A Mighty Fortress is our God

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,” (Psalm 46:1–2) - A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing: Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe doth seek to work his woe; His craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal.

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