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|Lord's patience means salvation|
There is a wonderful event mentioned in the gospel according to John. It takes place about a week after Jesus has been resurrected from the dead. The scene begins with Peter mentioning that he is going fishing. Six others decide to join him. It is possible they simply need a break from all that has taken place, but it is also possible they need an income. We can't forget that before they became "fishers of men" their livelihood was dependent upon the fish they caught and sold.
As the story goes, they fished all night but caught no fish. As daylight approaches and they are heading for the shore, some guy yells to them from the bank. He simply asked about their efforts. "Haven't caught a thing!" someone from the boat yells back.
"Cast your nets on the right side." They oblige. They catch so many fish they can hardly haul them in. One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist to realize that it is none other than Jesus on the shore. As far as Peter is concerned, 100 yards away is too far. He jumps into the water and, half-running/half-swimming, makes his way to Jesus.
For the full column, see Page 5A of this week's Citizen.
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Jo Ann Cooper is a United Methodist pastor of the LA Conference.