Sunday Night Thoughts

It’s been a long but very good day. Pam and I took the Sunday off and around 8 AM this morning we headed up to Buffalo, to be with Mission of Christ Church. This is a congregation made up of refugees from Congo and Rwanda. It was a wonderful afternoon of worship. The service clocked in at almost 3 hours, but was full of praise and worship and prayer. The people were full of God’s joy and we felt very welcomed even though we were the only white people in the room. The weather in Buffalo was wonderful today and we even got to check out the Cherry Blossom festival at the Buffalo history museum.

This was a slower week than the past few weeks, although we did have a National Day of Prayer Service on Thursday night. We had representatives from four of our churches. It’s always an honor to host the community at our church. Because of our tiny facilities, we get passed over the for the big events, but the National Day of Prayer is a smaller event.

We had our monthly ministerial meeting and a meeting with the seniors for Baccalaureate. In addition we are getting ready for the end of the conference year, so lots of things are happening. This next week will be slower except that I have a make up day tomorrow – making up a day from the severe cold this winter.

Somehow I came down with some weird intestinal thing yesterday, so I wasn’t able to run and even overnight it was still strong, but feels much better this evening. That about wraps it up. Have a great week.

Prayer for the Week

Third Sunday of Easter

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Running Update – May 4

I almost hesitate posting this tonight. But over all this week has been good – with a 6.5 miler and a 7.2 miler to finish off April and then another 6 miler on Thursday and a five mile walk on Friday. I had every intention of getting out their this morning, but this morning I woke up with some severe gas-type pains in my lower left abdomen. It hung around most of the day, but I now feel better. Earlier in the day, I didn’t feel much like doing anything, even though we had to go to Houghton to pick up James. But this was a good week running even without today. Monday, I’ll just pick it up again. #Pressingon

Breakfast with Jesus

Third Sunday of Easter | May 3, 2019

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Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) • Psalm 30 • Revelation 5:11-14 • John 21:1-19

21 Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened. Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples.

Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”

“We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night.

At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?”

“No,” they replied.

Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.

Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore. When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread.

10 “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn.

12 “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.13 Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. 14 This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead.

15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”

“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.

16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”

“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.

17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.

18 “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”

John 21:1-19 New Living Translation (NLT)

Sometime after Jesus’ resurrection and before his ascension, the disciples are together and Peter declares that he is going fishing. James and John and several of the other disciples go with him. They go out in a boat all night and catch nothing.

In the morning a man asks the fishermen, “Have you caught any fish?”

The men reply, “No!”

The man, who is Jesus, but the disciples don’t know it yet, tells them to cast their net to the other side and immediately they end up with more fish than they know what to do with. Peter immediately knows who is on the shore and swims back to the beach to meet Jesus.

Jesus makes the fishermen some breakfast. John tells us it was the third time that Jesus had appeared, but this one is significant because Jesus gives Peter a chance at redemption – three times the night that Jesus was crucified, Peter denied Jesus. Jesus asks the question, “Peter, do you love me more than these?” Peter answers, “Yes.” Jesus again asks the question and Peter again answers in the affirmative. Jesus asks the question a third time. This time Peter is hurt that Jesus would ask him this question. But perhaps it was at that time, when he answered yes again that he realized what Jesus was doing. Peter the one who correctly answered the question, “Who do people say that I AM?” Peter the one who denied Jesus three times in the courtyard. It is this Peter that Jesus command to feed the sheep.

Just this week at our monthly ministerial meeting, we were talking about some of the Lent/Holy Week events and the attendance. Finally, the local priest spoke up and said, “Jesus told us to feed the sheep, not to count them.” Jesus commanded Peter, and he commands us to feed the sheep – to go after the one who has left the sheep pen. This is what Jesus calls all of his disciples to do. So on this morning, perhaps as you are eating breakfast, remember Jesus as he feeds his disciples and calls them and us to feed the sheep.

Monthly Running Recap

April is now in the books. When I looked at my mileage on Saturday, I knew there was an outside chance that I could beat April of 2018, but it would take some effort on my part. Yesterday as part of that effort, I ran 6.5 miles. Today I went out again, knowing I would have to run at least 6.65 miles to beat April. By the time I got done running, I was at 7.2 miles. Which means I beat April of 2018. May is going to be a challenge as I get into the mid-year months that are all over 100 miles a month. It will be a real challenge to reach 2,019 km, but I think if I start getting in walks on off days, I should be able to do it. Most of my mileage this month was all running miles. Also, if I start getting in some long runs like today, that will help.

I am excited that I have 270 miles in for the year which is well ahead of both 2018 and 2017. At this point, I keep pressing on toward my goal.