Have you ever visited the Sea of Galilee? It is one of my favorite places to visit. I adore that region of Israel for many reasons, but mainly because Jesus conducted 80% of his ministry there. Though a storm can arise quickly, I associate that place with peace.
Tucked in a corner of the sea, there is a little chapel called The Church of the Beatitudes. It is perched on a hillside overlooking the sea. On a recent trip there, I thought of the hymn, Lord You Have Come to the Lakeshore.
I don’t know if you are familiar with this hymn, but I like it. The verses are:
Lord, you have come to the lakeshore looking neither for wealthy nor wise one; you only asked me to follow humbly. (Refrain) O Lord, with your eyes you have searched me, and while smiling have spoken my name; now my boat’s left on the shoreline behind me; by your side I will seek other seas.
You know so well my possessions; my boat carries no gold and no weapons; you will find there my nets and labors. (Refrain) O Lord, with your eyes you have searched me, and while smiling have spoken my name; now my boat’s left on the shoreline behind me; by your side I will seek other seas.
Today, envision Jesus calling you to follow humbly. See yourself letting go of all to walk side-by-side with him.
This week’s reading:
- Monday – Acts 22
- Tuesday – Acts 23
- Wednesday – Acts 24
- Thursday – Acts 25
- Friday – Acts 26
Please Pray for:
- The St. Paul Church family.
- Those who are unwillingly absent.
- Those who are grieving and depressed.
- Ongoing Building Renovations, Modifications.
- The United Methodist Church.
- Our nation and our leaders.
- The World.