Instead of catching fish, Simon Peter was going to be “catching people.” And after he and James and John brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.
“The task of religion is not to turn us into proper believers; it is to deepen the personal within us, to embrace the power of life, to expand our consciousness, in order that we might see things that eyes do not normally see.”
He said, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”
I was that newbie priest who just knew in my bones that the reason the world was in such a mess was due to the fact that what they needed was . . . . ME!
“I’m … I’m… why… I’m going to pray,” said I.
I haltingly nodded yes, beginning to understand how Dorothy might have felt standing before The Wizard.
"It’s just that, when we get to this point in our visit, even when you are using your prayer book, I know it’s time for you to leave."
"And this time, when you were praying just now, I realized how fond I have become of you. And, I realized that I miss you after you leave. And then, like just now, I realize just how lonely I really am.”
She would tell me stories about her husband and her children and their life together. And their church. And, her faith. And, I told her my stories.
That's not necessarily what many would call evangelism. I do. I was changed and transformed and would never be the same b/c of that conversation.