“Come and have some breakfast,” Jesus said. Following Jesus’ death, several disciples got up early, took their fishing nets and caught nothing. Not a bite. Until a stranger on shore suggested they fish on the other side of the boat. Suddenly, their nets were full, and they knew who had called to them. Jesus invited them to bring over some of their catch; then said, “Come and have some breakfast!” It all seems so normal. We create so much unnecessary hoopla. We plan, we work hard, things don’t go the way we want. Desperate and empty, we finally look to Jesus as a last resort, because we don’t recognize who he is. Sometimes, all he’s asking is that we stop striving and come join him, take part in what he has prepared and created. The rest will come. So declutter your mind of plans, schedules, and to-do lists. Instead, look out upon the waves, wiggle your toes in the sand, see the sights, smells, and sounds, and enjoy the moment for what it is. Jesus’ invitation is for you. “Come.” For now, put aside your busyness and just be present with him. When you have become still, reach out with your heart. Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful. Reach out with your words. Reach out with compassion that can reach what we cannot touch. Promise this world your love — for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, so long as we all shall live. Let us pray: Lord Jesus, I just want to be still and commune with you in gratitude and love. Amen.