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Listen while you read: "Thy Way Not Mine O Lord"1 (Lyrics)
John 21:12 – Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. (NIV)
One of the things that I miss dearly at the church is our monthly men's breakfast. About a dozen of us guys get together and sit down to a delicious breakfast which two of the group carefully prepare. We typically eat well and laugh well — sometimes at the pastor's expense — and it is a great support group for all of us. Once this pandemic is over, I'll be looking forward to be sharing breakfast with those guys in the church fellowship hall.
I guess that's why I like this post-resurrection story of Jesus having breakfast with the disciples. I can imagine that after their initial shock and surprise at seeing Jesus again, they would share some laughter and light-hearted ribbing — probably at Peter's expense — in order to rebuild their ties of friendship and faith. It seemed to be important to Jesus to share this moment with His friends. I think all of us will be happy to do something similar when we get through this present crisis.
So, instead of dwelling on our current predicament, let's look forward to those food- and faith-sharing times when we will re-experience the laughter and love of friends in church together.
Prayer: Lord God, You know how much we miss our church sisters and brothers and with whom we yearn to be in fellowship. Keep us safe throughout this pandemic, and bring us to a time when we can thankfully be together with one another again. In Your holy name, we humbly pray. Amen.