It’s a New Day

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Happy New Year to you. It’s a new day and a new year. Thoughts of leaving behind the old and starting fresh fill my heart. The disciples had similar feelings after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. They had been with Jesus every day for three years, but everything changed. I think they were confused by the events of the last few days and how they interpreted the Scriptures.

Walking along, Peter said, “I’m going fishing.” The others followed and got into their boats. This is what they did before they walked with Jesus, so it makes sense that they would go fishing. However, these seasoned fishermen caught nothing that night. A man stood on the shore at dawn. “Have you caught anything?” He asked. The answer was a big fat nothing. He said, “Throw your nets on the right side and you’ll find some fish.” They did this and caught so many fish they had to drag in the nets. They counted 153 fish.

When the tired fishermen came to the beach, they recognized the man on the shore to be Jesus. He cooked their breakfast and they all ate. Then Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” He asked him three times, “Do you love me?” When Jesus was arrested and tried, Peter followed. Those around him said, “You are one of his disciples.” He denied it three times (John 21:16).


Jesus didn’t scold Peter or judge him. Each time Peter responded to His question, “Yes, Lord, You know I love You,” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep” or “Take care of my lambs.” Jesus wanted Peter to renew His love for Him. Only then could he serve Him, and that’s what Peter did. He was a front runner in the early church. Because of his teaching, you and I know how to love and serve Jesus today.

We all deny Jesus in one way or another, but He is merciful to us as He was to Peter. He picks us up when we fall and sets our feet on the higher ground. Don’t let failure destroy you. Let it be a stepping stone to a restored faith and service to God.

The significance of the number of fish–153, is the same as the number of nations in the world at the time of this catch. This gives impact to Jesus’ last will and testament: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). Marching orders for the disciples and for us.


Thank you, Father God, for the gift of Jesus, His mercy and grace to restore us when we fall short of His glory. Help us to live in the light of our salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

New Beginnings

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I have remembered the day President Kennedy was assassinated and the destruction of the twin towers on September 9, 2001 as the darkest days of my life, but 2020 is a year filled with devastating memories. Who would have ever believed a virus could shut the world down? Who could have known the impact it would have on every part of our lives? Many places around the globe look like the ruins of war. People might wonder where God is.

Be assured that God has not moved. He is Faithful and True. His love is amazing. Not everything in 2020 was bad. We have benefitted from the good of isolation. Many folks like myself have picked up their desire to write. They have finished and published books. They have started websites and blogs. They have started hobbies and projects. I never thought we could be Christians in a box, but that’s what I feel like at home. I made the decision to reach out to others by writing on this blog to encourage and inspire. I have time to read, knit or make jewelry, which become gifts to friends and family.

The beauty of God’s creation speaks of His great love for the world–birds of every color feed at the feeders in the back yard, the colors of crepe myrtles, azaleas, camellias, crimson fire bushes and roses are breathtaking. We’ve gone on more boat rides and car rides. We’ve kayaked and gone on more walks. Let God’s creation speak of His love to you too.


As we come to the end of 2020 and look forward to a new year in 2021, let God love you. Let His presence fill you with joy and hope to endure what comes–good times or bad; sorrow or celebration; suffering or healing.


Lord God Almighty, we pray for the new year 2021. Empower us to be faithful in tough times and in good times. When we are away from our isolation, help us to remember to be thoughtful, respectful and helpful. Make us beacons of your light and love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.