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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Gone Fishing (02/01/07)

TITLE: Grandpop's Eulogy
By Joanney Uthe


To put Grandpop’s life if a few short sentences, well, I just don’t know what to say. The first thing that comes to mind is that Grandpop was a fisherman. Actually spent a summer on one of those commercial fishin’ boats when he was younger. Woulda spent his live there if he hadn’t met Grandma, I reckon. Yeah, she’s probably the only thing more important to him than fishin’.

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.

*Luke 5:1-11

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Jan Ackerson 02/08/07
Really well-done, folksy voice.
Jacquelyn Horne02/09/07
Good job. I especially like the phrase "Can’t talk farmin’ to a city boy, or subways to a farm boy."
william price02/10/07
I liked the voice. Great story. Keep up the good work. God bless.
Betty Castleberry02/10/07
Very good authentic voice. The ending was heart wrenching and sweet. Nicely done.
Joanne Malley02/10/07
Sweet, endearing story. Well written to boot. My favorite line says it all about witnessing: "Gotta talk to them where they're at...what they know." That sure is the truth. Blessings, Jo
Sheri Gordon02/10/07
I finished reading this with a lump in my throat. My dad (Pop to my boys) took my boys fishing all the time. I, too, like to picture him fishing with Jesus. Thanks for this sweet story.
Pat Guy 02/11/07
You're braver than I am! This seems hard to do but you pulled this one off really, really good. Great voice. Really. :)
dub W02/13/07
Tight and well done. I reflect what others said about voice. Goes on my favorites list.
Sara Harricharan 02/14/07
Very nice! I like the tone and feel of this piece. Definitely carries across the message and personality of a unique individual as 'Grandpop' ^_^
Loren T. Lowery02/14/07
I would say when your Gradpop (carrying his fishing pole) met Jesus at the Pearly Gates, he was greeted with, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

Thanks for sharing the glimpse into the heart of a true fisherman.
Myrna Noyes02/15/07
Well-written piece about a very wise Grandpop! I know he'd be pleased with his eulogy! :)
Clyde Blakely02/17/07
Great tribute to a great man. Good writing, comes across clear. God bless.