DANCE UPON THE SHORE (words by Walter Farquharson)                                        

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When working in God’s service leaves us feeling kind of low,
there’s a story in the Gospel that restores a smiling glow,
a story of some fisherfolk who’d spent a catchless night,
a story of surprising fun, a story of delight.

While cleaning all their fishing nets and packing up their gear,
they grumbled at the lack of fish, yet heard so loud and clear:
“Put out your boat and drop your nets!” the word that Jesus spoke.
They’d worked all night and caught no fish. This had to be a joke!


“Put out your boat and drop your nets!”
“Put out your boat and drop your nets!”
For when this world sees God’s intent
then we will dance, dance, dance upon the shore.

The nets soon bulged with silvery fish, the catch proved hard to land.
On shore they laughed and shouted out and danced upon the sand.
Then Jesus spoke again to them of what God wanted done,
to make this world a different place with hope for everyone.


When like those weary fisherfolk, we fish an empty night,
when time is spent and catch is small, and nothing goes quite right,
O Christ, call us with laughing hope, and dare us fish some more,
for when this world sees God’s intent we’ll all dance on the shore.


Author / Composer Comments

From Ron & Walter’s “JUST LIKE SALT” collection:

“What’s the use?” At one time or another, we’ve all felt this way about something. It might be about schoolwork, or job, a relationship with a friend or family member or teacher, a special project or cause to which we’ve devoted a great deal of time. Some people wind up feeling this way about life itself.

In recalling the Old Testament stories of Elijah and Jonah, we are reminded of the almost overwhelming odds they seemed to face. Elijah spent most of his life promoting the worship of Yahweh instead of Baal, a pagan God. God used many tactics to help Elijah prove his point, but even so, Elijah was tempted to give up. (1 Kings 19:4-18) Jonah was called by God to preach in Nineveh, a city known for its wickedness, corruption and cruelty. It’s no wonder he tried to hide from God by leaving on a ship sailing toward anywhere else but Nineveh! (Jonah 1:1-3)

A familiar phrase says, “Nobody said it was going to be easy”. We all experience discouragement along the way. There’s evidence that even Jesus was disappointed and frustrated about the way people reacted to his teachings. (Matthew 26:40 & 23:13-39; Mark 9:17-29; Luke 6:46; John 22:37-43) Sometimes the task seems just too big. After expending our energy and efforts without receiving tangible results, we are tempted to give up.

It’s at this point that we need to remember, “Throw your nets out on the other side!” Try one more time. Our faith keeps us believing that somehow there will be worth in giving someone or something one more chance. The message for us and for the disciples in the story of this song is a hopeful one. We are to keep labouring, and, in God’s time, the results will be seen. We must do what we are able to, and then trust God’s faithfulness.

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