From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
Good Morning, everyone. My apologies for being a little late with this week's meditation. Blessings on this day! Do let us know how SpiritCare can be of support to you and your community. I have a couple of Zoom services coming up this month with some of your residents and patients. I am so grateful. I miss being with you, your staff, and those you serve. May we find new ways of coming together.
We just need to listen.
Another insight I get from this passage is that in their frustration, disappointment, and sorrow, the disciples decided to go back to fishing. After all, it was a life they knew well, and the last three years had been confusing, and at times very difficult. However, Jesus knew that previous phase of their lives had come to a close. There is great tenderness in this passage, and I do recommend reading it in its entirety. I believe the lesson here is to remember that we are always being called forward into new life. Yes, sometimes we are reluctant to go. We want to return to what we once knew. Yet, a Christian life is one that follows the Good Shepherd into a life of transformation. Let us learn to trust the journey. We are being led with care, and we are being made anew in surprising ways. Jesus calmly waits. Let us go.
This prayer comes from the wonderful book, Following Jesus, Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety, by Henri J.M. Nouwen. (Ed: See Resources For Caregivers on Henri Nouwen.org)
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ
SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors