Pulpit Notes: Learning from Fish

I recently read that fish swarm at the point where the Jordan River flows into the Dead Sea.

Of course, this is essential for their survival in that the saline content of the Dead Sea increases exponentially at the point of entry from the Jordan. The fish instinctively know this and swarm as they struggle to swim upstream.

What a lesson this could be for you and me. Are we aware of our deep spiritual need to avoid what will harm us in the often toxic waters of life? Can we attune our ears to hear the voice of the One who beckons us to living water? For, as John writes, He will give us water that gushes forth fountains of eternal life (John 4:7-15).

Life-giving Lord, preserve us from harm and beckon us to life. Though our bodies will one day perish in the sea of death, may our souls be quenched with Your living water that gushes forth as a fountain of eternal life. Help us, Lord, to navigate the river of our existence all the while making our way with others toward You and the fresh salvation You offer every day.  Amen.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Reverend Dr. Conrad C. Sharps
Senior Pastor