Fishers of people

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
I’m off to lead an event on poetry as prayer this weekend at Grace Episcopal Church in Bainbridge Island, WA., so I’ll be off ’till Wednesday. But first, a thought.

         “Follow me, and I will have you fishing for people.”
                  —Matthew 4.19

I won’t catch anybody, hook anybody, reel anybody in.
But Jesus, I’ll be your net.
Weave me into something more than me
and throw me into the deep green mystery of the world.

I’ll be your bait. Pierce me with your love
and dangle me in this day. Let them taste me, bite me,
consume me: they’ll only be getting you.

I’ll be your lure. Tie me to you with your secret knot,
cast me where you want me, still invisibly connected,
and let your light flash in me
as you draw me closer and closer to you.

I’ll be your fly, dancing on the water of this day,
willing to be flung and returned,
letting all of life be catch and release,
knowing that whether or not we catch anything,
you have had delight on this fine afternoon.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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