As we journey together through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written ‘letters from the heart.’ Each will be accompanied by a corresponding relevant scripture, and linked to sources for further study. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please send me your ‘letter from the heart’ by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey, day by day, to its glorious culmination on Easter morning.
Today’s scripture reading is from the Gospel of Mark 1:14-28: Now as he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the [son] of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him. And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let [us] alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine [is] this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
What if Jesus were walking along the shore of Lake Murray and He saw you? Would you stop what you were doing and follow Him? What if some friends had invited you to go for the weekend and you had brought along food, your bathing suit, a ski, your wave rider, hydro slides, a boat, etc.? What if you now just the spot the fish will be biting and have the perfect bait?
It may not be a convenient time for any of us to be called by Jesus. Sometimes we get too busy for the important things and don’t even realize it. Jesus is the most important thing! We would be the more fortunate to be called by Him. Are you ready? We’d all better get ready if we are not.
Satchel Ford Elementary School
Columbia, South Carolina
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