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Topic: Easter (05/30/05)
TITLE: A Fishermans Easter
By alvin ritsema
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The sun was still struggling to lift itself over the rim of the horizon in the pre-dawn lightening, revealing soft fog vapors quietly tracing upward.
Jon Boat eased off on the oars. Since the ripples were small and the wind soft, he did not bother with an anchor. If he drifted, a few swings of the oar would renew his position. Being a philosopher as well as a fisherman, he did not mind people getting enjoyment from his name.
As a fisherman he knew that today he would not catch much. Half of the old saying was, "fish bite best when the wind is from the west, fish bite least when the wind is from the east". The wind was soft from the east and held a hint of dampness.
Still, the rowboat on the small lake was one of his favorite places to think, and there was already fish in the freezer.
He set his float for a four foot drop and flipped the fishline over the edge, wedging the fishpole handle under the seat. That accomplished, Jon leaned back, got comfortable, and dropped his hat down over his eyes.
It had occured to him that in American writing, west always seemed preferred over east. Things like, "go west young man and make your fortune", or fish bite best... .
Westward looking was adventure, pilgrimage, pioneering, courageous, applauded by the knowing.
East-er was just toe-hold American. Just barely made it on shore. Lack of curiousity, possibly living on inherited wealth and being satisfied with that, no desire for exploration. An east wind could easily produce a dismal drizzly day. If it happened to be a northeaster you could be in for some violent weather.
Of course, there was more to be said about the things easter. For instance he had learned that many christian cemeteries are laid out with the bodies facing east. That is because Jesus return will begin the Eternal Day. All days begin with sunrise in the east, so Jesus must return in the eastern sky, Right? So maybe the ones talking about going west to make an earthly fortune are taking the opposite view of those whose minds are not on earthly fortune but want to be where they get to see that returning Jesus a little bit quicker! Jon was not totally convinced of his own logic.
Maybe the reason he was thinking this way was the fact that it was early Easter Sunday morning and he was having his own private sunrise service while his wife got a little longer catnap back at the house. It would not be long before he would need to row in for breakfast before the regular morning church service.
"I wonder how much His return is going to be like His ascension?", Jon mused, "the angels did say he would come in like manner as those disciples saw Him go". "He is coming with clouds, but what kind of clouds?"
Just as he moved his arm to check his watch, there was a sound of tautened line and his fishing pole bent into a powerful arc. Philosophy was put on immediate hold as he grabbed the pole and started reeling. It sure gets light quickly in Vermont.
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