Today’s Author: Anne Haugan

“Come and See” is definitely an invitation which with speculation, anticipation  and excitement makes me eager to find out what this is all about. We have all received invitations; to birthday parties, to attend events, to serve on a committee, to be a volunteer, or to be a leader in different capacities.  Even the Trader Joe’s float in the Rose Bowl Parade had a big sign reading “YOU ARE INVITED”. 

Some of these invitations come with much responsibility. Do you say “Yes”  or “I’ll think about it” or “No, thank you, that is not for me at this time.”? My  usual response is “Yes, I’d love to share that special event with you.” “Yes, I can  do that.” Just recently, and perhaps for the first time, I had to refuse an invitation.  It was difficult to say, “No, I can’t do that.” 

What if the disciples had said “No” to Jesus when he suddenly said, “Drop your fishing nets, come and follow me”? 

That was 2,000 years ago and yet WE are still being invited to be a disciple of Jesus and follow Him. 

Dear Merciful God, we praise you for all you have done for us, especially for sending your Son Jesus into the world that we may have life and have it abundantly. You have extended many invitations to us and sometimes we have turned down your invitation to follow you. May we always remember your promise of steadfast love and faithfulness that you gave us at baptism. Be with  each of us as we begin Year 2022 with new adventures as a follower of your Son  Jesus. In your name we pray. Amen.

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