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Topic: Gone Fishing (02/01/07)
TITLE: Grandpop's Eulogy
By Joanney Uthe
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Grandpop always had some fish stories to tell, but they weren’t ‘bout the “big one that got away”. No sir, Grandpop wanted you to learn from his stories. They were never ‘bout him, but ‘bout life. His favorites came from the Bible. Like the one where the nets were too full when they did things Jesus’ way, after failing trying it on their own.* Grandpop said he got just plain tired when he tried do things his own way instead of God’s way.
Grandpop use to take me fishin’ when I was a boy. Taught me all the good fishin’ holes and what bait to use for what fish. Can’t catch a muskie with the same hook as a sunny. Said the same was true of people. Gotta talk to ‘em where they’re at, ‘bout what they know. Can’t talk farmin’ to a city boy, or subways to a farm boy. But ya gotta talk to people or they’ll never know Jesus. That was Grandpop’s real catch, when he could tell someone about the Savior. Guess he was kinda like Zebedee’s sons, leaving those commercial fishin’ boats to be a “fisher of men”.
I kinda like to think of Grandpop sittin’ by some lake or river in heaven, fishin’ with Jesus. I know Grandpop would say that’s not Biblical, but I like the thought. Makes it easier to say “good-bye” to think he’s gone fishin’ in the River of Life. Maybe that’s what best describes Grandpop– he spent his life fishin’ in the river of people God put in his life, to catch them for his Savior. I’m glad I got to be one of his catches.
Good-bye, Grandpop. We miss ya.
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