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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: River (08/31/06)

TITLE: The Return of the Fishing Pilgrim
By Glenn A. Hascall


Before me stood a vast and wide river named Lost Souls. I had hoped to see the banks filled with fishermen. You see, I knew the fishing to be excellent, but many of my fellow fishermen remained cloistered in Contentment Café or taking sips at Living Water Way.

It had been three days since I had been invited by some of my friends to the Forest of Despair where they brandished heavy weaponry searching for the Sprits of Dismay. They had placed their fishing gear aside and took up arms.

Blasts of gunpowder could be heard throughout the Forest of Despair as many a good man chased apparitions and shadows.

“Men of Sojourn,” I called loudly. “Have we forgotten the desire of the King of Hearts?”

The men stared at me silently as they wondered why I had insisted they stop their efforts to capture the Spirits of Dismay.

“We were told in a time long past remembering that we were to be fishermen, not hunters,” I paused to let the words find their mark. A few men lowered their guns as remembrance began to dawn afresh.

“We have paid so much for the tools of our pursuit,” Disgruntled Daniel called as he brandished his exceptional firearm.

“Yet, the King would have us at the river bank now long neglected and overgrown,” I returned his reply. “Friends, we have looked at our commission as if we are hunters and not fishermen. We must return to the former ways.

“When we fish, the Lost Souls are allowed to choose whether they wish to accept what we offer or refuse it, however when we hunt they are not given no choice.”

“I enjoy hunting,” Andy Aggression called from near the oldest oak in the forest.

“I’m certain you do, but when you hunt you take aim and are finished, with fishing you remain on the banks for a time allowing the fish every opportunity to determine their level of desire. Can’t you see, friends, there is a difference. We are not asked to be the antagonists in pursuing those in rebellion to the King.”

The men of Wayland began to listen more vigilantly and some lay down their firearms in contrition.

“Truthfully, there are some who are not very gifted at rifle management. The King knew this to be true which is why He asked us only to release a line in the River of Lost Souls.” I had made my appeal and began my solitary walk back to the tangled banks of the river.

One by one many of the hunters of yore abandoned their weapons of war and returned to the Kinds edict, “He saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

It was good to see the banks of the River of Lost Souls alive with men fishers once more. The fishing was marvelous – and it was good.

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Kevin Kindrick09/07/06
What a wonderful presentation of the Great Commission. Truly, we are not called to hunt, but to fish.

Thanks for sharing, and God bless,

Crista Darr09/07/06
I love this message and your creativity in presenting it. Great work!
Beth Muehlhausen09/07/06
Great names, titles, (personification) and message! "River of Lost Souls"....very creative approach for "fishers of men." Bravo for an entry with a very unique twist!
Cheri Hardaway 09/08/06
I just loved this article! Creative with a poignant message! Those who enjoy salvation should well-relate to your message, as most of us take a brief sojourn hunting in the forest, because of our zeal to see others saved, before we find the river banks and learn to share the truth His way. Thanks for writing! Blessings, Cheri
Amy Nicholson09/08/06
Excellent. Convicting and encouraging.
Dolores Stohler09/09/06
Thanks for this great story. It's so original and well told. I know a few who are hunters rather than fishers, and a great many fish who would rather go hungry than submit to a higher power.
Joanne Sher 09/10/06
Very creative - and so well done! I must admit I had never thought of it quite this way - and I am SO glad that you have brought this new - to me, anyway, thought to mind! Do "I" hunt or fish? A question everyone should ask themselves!
Jan Ackerson 09/10/06
Awesome allegory!
Donna Haug09/10/06
Fishermen, not hunters... I loved the idea of allowing the 'fish' to make their decision over time as the hook dangles in the water. Good thoughts.
Venice Kichura09/10/06
excellent allegory!
Donna Powers 09/10/06
I absolutely loved this, and you make a very well-needed point. A fantastic reminder of the true nature of the Great Commission. Thank you for sharing this well-written piece!
Joanne Malley09/11/06
I enjoyed your approach to the topic - effortless writing as usual. This is a valuable lesson for us to gently cast our nets instead of abrupting using the reel. Blessings...Jo
Alexandra Wilkin09/13/06
Great inventive writing neatly delivering the point, the whole point and nothing but the point. Well done. God bless. xx
Pat Guy 09/13/06
Bravo! What lessons in such an enjoyably creative story. You've done it again Glenn.
Rita Garcia09/13/06
Wonderful! I look forward to reading your entry each week!