They Cast Their Nets in Gallilee by William Alexander Percy

They cast their nets in Galilee
Just off the hills of brown;
Contented, peaceful fishermen,
Before they ever knew

Such happy, simple fisher-folk,
Before the Lord came down.
The peace of God that filled their hearts
Brimful, and broke them too.
Young John who trimmed the flapping sail,
Homeless, in Patmos died.
Peter, who hauled the teeming net,
Head down was crucified.

The peace of God, it is no peace,
But strife closed in the sod.
Yet, brothers, pray for but one thing
The marvelous peace of God.


  1. Indeed. That is why Jesus was very specific when He talked counting the cost of salvation. It is a hard road, but we are given the peace and understanding enough to travel it to its end.

    The Cost of Discipleship
    (Matthew 8:18-22; Luke 9:57-62; John 6:60-65)

    25Large crowds were now traveling with Jesus, and He turned and said to them, 26“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be My disciple. 27And whoever does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.

    28Which of you, wishing to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost to see if he has the resources to complete it? 29Otherwise, if he lays the foundation and is unable to finish the work, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30saying, ‘This man could not finish what he started to build.’

    31Or what king on his way to war with another king will not first sit down and consider whether he can engage with ten thousand men the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32And if he is unable, he will send a delegation while the other king is still far off, to ask for terms of peace.

    33In the same way, any one of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple.

    Good Salt

    34Salt is good, but if the salt loses its savor, with what will it be seasoned? 35It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile, and it is thrown out.

    He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”


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