Are we willing to follow Jesus?

“As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen). He said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people!’ They left their nets immediately and followed him. Going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and his brother John, in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Then he called them. They immediately left the boat and their father and followed him.” (Matthew 4:18-22 NET)

Fishermen. Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen. They lived by a large lake that we call the Sea of Galilee (the lowest freshwater lake in the world). These four fishermen were from the town of Capernaum, on the northern coast of the lake. Continue reading “Are we willing to follow Jesus?”

A calling

This week I was overcome with a very, very strong feeling that I should be writing about the subject of bird calls.

Sure, I’m no ornithologist. I barely can pronounce the word! But as spring begins, the birds are back and chatting it up in the garden. They flit from tree to tree and then to one or more of the birdhouses hung in the old, dead peach tree as they look for a likely spot to build a nest. As they search, they call to one another. Continue reading “A calling”