We Have Toiled All Night And Caught Nothing

He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (Luk 5:4-6)

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. (Joh 21:3)

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. (Jam 4:13-17)

And they rose early in the morning and went up to the top of the mountain, saying, “Here we are, and we will go up to the place which the LORD has promised, for we have sinned!” And Moses said, “Now why do you transgress the command of the LORD? For this will not succeed. Do not go up, lest you be defeated by your enemies, for the LORD is not among you. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you shall fall by the sword; because you have turned away from the LORD, the LORD will not be with you.” But they presumed to go up to the mountaintop; nevertheless, neither the ark of the covenant of the LORD nor Moses departed from the camp. Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that mountain came down and attacked them, and drove them back as far as Hormah. (Num 14:40-45)

I returned and saw under the sun that– the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all. For man also does not know his time: like fish taken in a cruel net, like birds caught in a snare, so the sons of men are snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly upon them. (Ecc 9:11-12)

Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up. But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying,`Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. (Act 27:20-25)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh,
And strength to your bones. (Pro 3:5-8)


This heart, a sail of Your wind
Finds direction and purpose
When You blow in!

We’ve labored all night
We’ve toiled sleeplessly,
But, Lord we’ve caught nothing!

We thought of many solutions,
We came up with many plans,
We’ve toiled unceasingly,
Lord, but we’ve caught nothing!

Our night of labor
Has come to an end,
We’ve come to our end;
Then, we saw You walk in,
Light of God, the Morning Star!
You said,
“Come to me, all you who labor,
And I will give you rest!”

This heart, a sail of Your wind
Finds direction and purpose
When You blow in!

It is not our talents,
It is not our repentance,
It is not our trying to mend things our way;
It is only in our living by Your word
That we find healing and health
For our bones,
And rest for our souls.

Stand, Walk – Poem


You rise, you falter, you fall.
You rise, make a move, then a fault-
You steady up, then slip and fall.
But, nothing can make you halt:
You stand, you walk.


Now,


You rise, you falter, you fall.
You sit, hesitate, moan the fault-
You lie down, slip away, give up all.
But, what has made you halt?
Stand! Walk!


Don’t give up when your faults overcome you!
Don’t give up when your thoughts fail!
Don’t lose heart, keep pumping on!
You may falter, but you will rise,
Stand, Walk, Run!

A Morning Song

 

My heart is filled with praises to You,
O Lord, Maker of my soul!
Your grace is fresh like the morning dew;
Each day, goodness You unfold.

We hear the song of birds singing,
As they rise up each morning.
Their heart is secure in Your care,
O Infinite One, You are everywhere!

Sunlight fills the morning sky,
Bringing light to every eye.
Kids arise, off blankets they shake.
The night is over, it’s time to wake.

You fill our homes with laughter and joy,
Our tables abound with food.
You watch with fondness every girl and boy,
You teach us what is good.

O Lord, Your praises fill the earth,
There is none like You!
You sustain the whole universe.
Our heart is secure in You.

Poem for Parents

FATHER
Like the sky that burns red so that the earth stays cool,
And its bluest color tells how hot is the noon;
Like the lightning rod that takes the bolt to the ground,
And the concrete slabs that take the beatings of storms,
He stands to cover, to comfort, and to calm,
And asks for nothing, giving all.

MOTHER
Her womb is God’s crucible where a child is formed,
Her bosom is the place where comfort is found,
Her lips pour wisdom that guards our soul
And sets it on track to reach life’s goal.

“My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother” (Pro.1:8)

(c) June 13, 2017

MY HEART’S SONG!

I hear You in the thunder,
I hear You in the storm,
I see You in pitch darkness,
I see You where there’s no form,
I sense You amidst things that hinder,
I sense You amidst the throng,
I know You amidst deep quietness,
I know You in my every song,
Lord, You’re my heart’s Song!