This week’s Thursday’s Thought for Sunday’s Service is based upon Matthew 4:12-23:
“When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” (Matthew 4:12–23, NIV)
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the graves of some ancestors. It was a place I had to travel a few miles out of the way to visit. Although I’m not much into investigating genealogy, over the last several years I’ve learned about my family history through occasional conversations that have slowly increased my curiosity and pulled me in a new direction, teasing out a desire to learn more. Previously, because I’ve only occasionally payed attention to family stories regarding ancestors, I sometimes find myself in somewhat of a family “fog” – regarding who’s related to who, what they did, where they lived and such. Among other things, the questions I’ve recently been asking reveal a tendency within me – that I’ve been slow to realize and learn about my linage, even slower to successfully fish for and snag information regarding their lives.
As I look out the window this morning the weather is hovering around the freezing point and the humidity is high… It’s foggy outside. Tiny water droplets hang in the air making it difficult to see very far. I still have hope that despite the chilly temperature, the effect of sunlight (shining above) will evaporate the moisture, improving my field of view.