• Rev. Caroline

From bad to brilliant

Imagine you’ve had a really terrible few days. Your hopes have been dashed. The way you thought your life was going turns out not to be the way at all.

You have reached a dead end. The only way forward is back.

So you forget about the stuff you were looking forward to. You might even have a few qualms that you’d begun to take the good life for granted. You’d got complacent.

Too late now for regrets. You turn your thoughts to the practicalities. You need to eat (and maybe you’ve got others depending on you for food) so you do the only thing you can do.

Go back to your old life.

But even here things don’t go your way. After a long night of hard slog, you’ve got nothing to show for it. What now?

You are so desperate that you take advice from a total stranger. He might not even know anything about fishing, but you are desperate, and so tired that you’re not thinking straight anyway.

As to what happens next, to begin with you think you’re dreaming. But as it turns out, this is the most real thing that has ever happened to you. A miracle! A burst of energy fires up your weary limbs. Hope bubbles up from your very soul and makes you laugh out loud.

To consider these amazing events further, let’s turn to chapter 21 of John’s Gospel, where we find Peter and some of the other disciples out fishing. When Jesus calls from the shore that they should shoot their net to starboard, they soon find themselves with a net full of fish.

To top it all, they’re invited to breakfast with their risen Lord on the beach. Breaking bread together - just like old times. But these are also new times – for the broken bread of Jesus’ body has been restored to wholeness. The wounds which Thomas was invited to touch are a thing of the past.

It’s hard to explain – we are called simply to trust. Here is what the apostle Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians (chapter 15):

“This perishable body must be clothed with the imperishable, and what is mortal with immortality. And when this perishable body has been clothed with the imperishable and our mortality has been clothed with immortality, then the saying of scripture will come true: 'Death is swallowed up; victory is won!' 'O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?' … But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

If your day started like Peter’s, I hope it will also finish like Peter’s.

My God bless you with hope and faith and may his grace cause your heart to overflow with thanksgiving.

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