30 Days in Gennesaret: Day 19 Ship’s Log

Dear Reader, Today’s poem is from the perspective of one who arrived by boat. disclaimer:  At times, I have noted that while the vernacular of those who make their living from the sea, or in healthcare, may be crudely apt, it is no less reverent.

The scripture referenced in stanza 7 has provided critical navigation in times when I have felt repeatedly and perplexingly hungry, food in front of me.   jfig

 

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well. Mark 6:53-56 ESV

 

Ship’s log

Moored

we anchored at dawn

immediately,

the disciples slipped from the boat—

and vanished.

 

Are they lost?

hidden

among the runners

bed wetters

pallet-bearers?

 

Terra firma

I sometimes needed

to pick my way,

a shifting substrate – 

choose cautiously what will undergird

as singular truth.

Pacific Rim shifting sand

 

Lost again…

have now gotten lost

at least

one hundred times

in Gennesaret alone.

 

Yesterday

He fed the masses

surely 5000

I am hungry again today…

waiting to see

what will happen

catch fish fish market fishing
Photo by mali maeder on Pexels.com

 

Guide—

Without a guide

lost became quickly treacherous.

Thankfully, Spirit (Holy One)

redeems, redeemed, is redeeming

the missed steps.

 

Found

the map/Isaiah 8: 11-22

Picked our way.

Have once again arrived

at dawn.

Jesus. is here.

 

jfig     4/2020

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Red Dawn

 

photo of rocky seashore
Photo by Dima Valkov on Pexels.com

Three weeks ago, our pastor Christian Lindbeck spoke about living through unprecedented times by this truth: as Jesus followers, we are set free to love, not by arriving, but by walking, step by singular step, in the company of the Holy Spirit. http://www.hcbellingham.com/sermons/called-equipped-and-set-free-to-love-like-jesus/  (mins 55-60)

Galations 5:25 “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”

“Mark 6:53 (ESV) – When they had crossed over.” Blue Letter Bible. Web. 19 Apr, 2020. <https://www.blueletterbible.org/esv/mar/6/53/p1/s_963053&gt;.
Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved

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