Our guest host this week is a writer, a poet, and a thinker whose way with words is an absolute gift to our world, especially this year. She is also a longtime We Wonder listener, who has been with us since day one, and I’m so honored that she has invited this podcast into her home and her family’s life.
Laura Fabrycky’s work has appeared in Books and Culture, Christianity Today, Comment, Plough, and a host of other publications. She is the author most recently of Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus: Exploring the World and Wisdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, which is an absolutely beautiful meditation on her time spent as a guide at the Bonhoeffer Haus while her family was on a diplomatic posting to Berlin. Her writing on civic housekeeping, and the virtues that each of us can cultivate in order to care well for one another in our shared public life has been a gift to me this year, and I can’t recommend Laura’s book highly enough. (Please consider ordering it from your local independent bookshop or from Byron and Beth Borger at Hearts and Minds books!)
Laura and her family are currently posted in Brussels, and I am so delighted that she has been able to carve out the time to share her voice, her wonder, and her words with us.
Today's passage is Luke 5:1-11:
1 Jesus was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret,[a] teaching the people as they crowded around him to hear God’s message. 2 Near the shore he saw two boats left there by some fishermen who had gone to wash their nets. 3 Jesus got into the boat that belonged to Simon and asked him to row it out a little way from the shore. Then Jesus sat down[b] in the boat to teach the crowd.
4 When Jesus had finished speaking, he told Simon, “Row the boat out into the deep water and let your nets down to catch some fish.”
5 “Master,” Simon answered, “we have worked hard all night long and have not caught a thing. But if you tell me to, I will let the nets down.” 6 They did it and caught so many fish that their nets began ripping apart. 7 Then they signaled for their partners in the other boat to come and help them. The men came, and together they filled the two boats so full that they both began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this happen, he knelt down in front of Jesus and said, “Lord, don’t come near me! I am a sinner.” 9 Peter and everyone with him were completely surprised at all the fish they had caught. 10 His partners James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were surprised too.
Jesus told Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you will bring in people instead of fish.” 11 The men pulled their boats up on the shore. Then they left everything and went with Jesus.
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