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Topic: Fishing (06/07/04)

TITLE: The catch of the day
By Brenden Bridges


It’s the crack of dawn and the rest of the household is asleep; I’m half awake going though the motions of putting on layers of clothes. I pick up my rod and net and make my way into the crisp morning air. I look down into the valley and there is a layer of fog covering the pond, I move towards it. As I walk, my feet follow effortlessly to a rhythm created by the steepness of the path. There is a sense of accomplishment even before I have cast my line. I have already possessed the glory of this day. The sun glistens through the pine trees forming large silhouettes on the ground.

I wonder if this empty net will reward this amateur fisherman. This is a familiar path for me; it carries memories of past family vacations. Memories of Chipo teaching me the art of fly fishing, memories of me teaching my father-in-law the same art and nearly falling out of the boat into the water.

I am standing once again at the waters edge; I feel the serenity of my surroundings; there are no distractions except for the task of casting, waiting and reeling in my line. In this moment all the cares of life are postponed, nothing but the water and the sounds of the morning.

This is pure recreation for me, unlike the two brothers whom Jesus approached. Peter and Andrew were fisherman by trade – Jesus called them from their work to be “fishers of men”. Was their willingness to follow Jesus found in the comfort of His words leading them to worthier waters? Could it be that the commission to make disciples would be a calling as enjoyable as an experience with the dawn?

This morning as I make my way back up the steep incline, my nets are full. I look forward to sharing with those whom I love. Those whom I left at the crack of dawn are now up and anticipating my arrival. There is delighted chatter in the house as I display the catch of the day. I can only imagine the angels’ celebrations in our heavenly home when we arrive with our “catch of the day”.

Member Comments
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Mary Elder-Criss06/14/04
Nice piece. You might want to reconsider wording at the end, as you use "Catch of the day," twice back to back. It would be more effective if you reword the first one and leave the second as it stands. Enjoyed the piece. Blessings! Mary
Corinne Smelker 06/14/04
The anticipation of those back home - I like how you then compare that with the anticipation of our catch when we get to heaven.

With some polishing (like the suggestion that Mary made) this article would be excellent.
Marcell Billinghurst06/15/04
I enjoyed your story. It had some great word pictures. As the others have said, with a bit more polishing it has a lot of potential. Keep up the good work.
Marie B. Corso06/15/04
A nice present tense piece (actually my favorite kind of writing!)
A few little things to clean up if you are going to post it. Among others, one is:
"...there is a layer of fog covering the pond, I move towards it." These two independant clauses need a semi-colon between them, not a comma.
You raise a very interesting point. What was it that made the disciples so willingly follow Jesus? I sometimes think he captured their will. Fishermen don't like to leave fishing. It's in their blood like truck drivers driving, and artists painting.
Thanks for making me think.
Bronwyn Johnson06/16/04
Hello. I enjoyed your piece very much. My father credits his sanity to his fishing trips which help him to leave the stress of life behind. I hope that some of the angels' "Catch of the day" is due to the lines I cast in the water. Regards Bronwyn.
Leticia Caroccio06/16/04
This was a really nice submission. My husband loves to go and find a quiet fishing spot and be alone with his thoughts. He says it makes him feel close to his Creator. You captured the spirit of tranquility in this piece. You posed powerful questions that merit much thought. Great job.
Sarah Balk Bond06/17/04
Great piece, it not only made me want to go fishing but also reminded me of Christ and His message to us all. We should all be fishers of men. Thanks for a good read!
L.M. Lee06/18/04
Amen! I use to always kid that the angels were break dancing when someone got saved.
Lynne Gaunt06/19/04
This was very nicely done. I was following you to the lake and back, your descriptions were great. The ending was the best. Thanks!