Fishing? Better Than A Good Idea…

Truth pushes here. Not everyone [maybe an understatement?] liked let alone relished my sermons offering fishing stories—always as metaphors, but based upon reality. Some even told me such. Yet. Never…in all the 50 years of preaching, has anyone complained about fish. In fact, I still maintain a can of smoked salmon gifted—SALMON THAT I CAUGHT AND HAD SMOKED—was never denied, let alone not appreciated. No less, I continue to figure that canned smoke salmon is a much better host/hostess gift than flowers, candy or wine. [Thanks, Marc at Skipanon Cannery in Warrenton, Oregon, my go-to canner guy!]

Yep. Fishing’s pretty important…and not accidentally in each of the murder mystery novels, fishing is more than fishing. Each fishing instance is essential in leading to the culprit.

But personally, fishing leads to…no, make that, embodies…true joy. In fact, some of the most important dates for this year mark [get the verb?] the time when I’ll be in a boat plying fading skills changing fishing to catching.

I know. You’ve never wondered, what is my “body language” when departing for a fishing trip, even before getting to the dock? Well, see and realize, friends, this Facebook is more truth than fiction…at least for me mentally. I’m not sure I could do all that dancing, though, with the icy dock?

Enjoy…and even more, breathe in hope that today is good for you and through you to others.

Tight lines [the most common fishing sign-off],



About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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