Remember those who gave you freedom

Published 9:09am Monday, May 26, 2014

By Rev. Kevin Kelly

Memorial Day will be celebrated this weekend. It is a time to remember those who have served and died for our country. Our freedom is precious. We would not have freedom without the men and women who were willing to give their all to acquire and protect it.

A lot of fun outside activities will be enjoyed during Memorial Day weekend. Our family enjoys going to the lake. We like to boat, swim and fish.

Everyone loves a good fishing story and there are a million stories to be told. Paw Paw will take our boys out fishing and they will come back with some good tales. The boys will fish all day, if the fish are biting. When it is still and no fish are biting, they get bored. And, like all young boys, they will invent things to keep them entertained. When this happens, fishing becomes dangerous and loud.

Another great fishing story occurred after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection in John 21. Early in the morning, some of Jesus’ disciples were by the Sea of Tiberias fishing. They were catching nothing.

Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” So they cast it and then they were not able to haul it in because of the quantity of fish.

That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.

The other disciples came in the boat dragging the net full of fish for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. When they got out on land they saw a charcoal fire in place with fish laid out on it and bread.

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn.

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish (John 21:5-13 ESV).

Wow! Have you ever caught 153 fish? Catching 153 fish will definitely make this Memorial Day weekend one to remember.

While you are having fun this weekend and catching some fish, remember those who gave their all for your freedom. And, most importantly, remember Jesus who gave his all so that we might experience spiritual freedom and forgiveness.

Have a great Memorial Day!


The Rev. Kevin Kelly is senior minister at First United Methodist Church in Wetumpka. 

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