John 21.1-14

The Lord calls us to renew our daily existence in His ways, to yield His works with an abundance of His grace.

Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh. Fishermen shall be standing along it from En-gedi to En-eglaim, spreading their nets there. Its kinds of fish shall be like those of the Great Sea, very numerous… Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail. Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary. Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.” (Ezekiel 47.9,10,12)

Bounty Of Grace

They went home and fished through the night;
At dawn, their nets were still empty.
He called: “Cast your nets to the right.”
Their nets were filled abundantly.

“It is the Lord!”, John told Peter;
Peter dove in and swam to shore.
They brought the boat, nets held secure.
So many fish – their nets weren’t tore.

He made breakfast on charcoal fire;
Peter brought fish, which He prepared.
He served them, to fill and inspire
Them to draw life from what He shared.

To follow Him in a new way,
Transforming their work in their place,
To yield His works and to obey,
He provides a bounty of grace.

They were sent forth, with grace to wield,
To gather His abundant yield.

May we go forth in the way He has laid out before each of us, striving to do His will in all, with the help of His abundant grace.

(c) Paul Buis, 2005