This is the fourth prayer in a series of Easter prayers, featuring photos from my friend’s recent trip to the Holy Land. Today’s photos are from the Sea of Galilee.
On the banks of this sea
men left everything behind
and followed you, Jesus.
Lifelong fishermen were astounded
by a miraculous load of fish
beckoned by your silent call.
Your quiet power amazed these seasoned men:
jaded by sleepless nights
and empty nets.
You opened up a new world.
Here you calmed a storm
rebuking it like a wayward child
and restored instant calm
to your fearful followers.
Here you walked on water
and called Peter to deeper faith.
On the night he swore never to deny you
even though you knew the truth
you promised to meet him once again
in this place
after you rose from the dead.
Here you appeared
early one morning
after your resurrection
and your disciples didn’t recognize you.
In a circle of memory
you called a huge number of fish
to the nets, and the men’s eyes were opened.
Then you healed Peter’s shame
and called him to a higher purpose.
In this Holy Week
let us sit by the sea of your grace
and marvel at your power.
Help us enjoy the early morning calm.
Give us sustenance from its waters.
Teach us to step out in faith
on unlikely surfaces.
Call us to give up everything we know
and follow you with all our hearts.
Cast aside our fears
our calloused layers
and call us to deeper knowledge
and deeper faith.
Questions for reflection:
Imagine yourself in these scenes from the Sea of Galilee. How would you have responded to Jesus’ actions?
What actions will you take to deepen your faith this Holy Week?
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