Growing up, I was taught that things always go better with friends. In Bible class, they taught us that Jesus sent out folks two-by-two, never alone. As I studied in grad school, I noticed that Paul was a little keg of dynamite, except when he was alone — he ran into trouble two times with feeling alone, once in Athens when he had to leave and came to Corinth (1 Corinthians 2:1-4) and near the end of his life when he was in prison and begged for Timothy to come join him (2 Timothy 4). While I believe we all need a little solitude, most of us do not do well with extended times of being alone.
The Lord’s Prayer teaches us that the journey of faith that we are individually taking is not supposed to be a solitary journey. Instead, it is to be a shared journey of faith. Notice the very first word in the Lord’s Prayer — “Our!” As you say the Lord’s Prayer today, notice the shared journey we are making!
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.
Over the years, the Lord has blessed me with many wonderful friends in Christ. Two that I am most thankful for today are Dan Garrett and Bill Wilson. They are brothers-in-law and my brothers in Christ. We have walked through the streets of Cologne Germany together (where Bill lives) and shared a two hour communion service together after a long day of fishing in Gustavus, Alaska. We have touched base at all sorts of places in between. Each of us has had very different journeys in our walk with the Lord, but we share a common destination. And, like a rag tag group of guys long ago, we are all three fishermen. More than the Three Amigos, we should more likely be called Three Anomalies. But I can tell you this, without these two brothers, life and faith and fishing wouldn’t be as much fun.
This is just a taste of the Three Anomalies — the weirdest of the three anomalies is behind the camera.
The journey is certainly a lot more fun with brothers like these!