Purple Fish

with Al Lindner

I just finished reading a book titled Purple Fish.

The book is fascinating and is written by pastor Mark Wilson who pastors a church in Hayward, Wisconsin.
I’ve honestly never read a book quite like this one.

It’s Mark’s life story that details many of the experiences that he had throughout his life.

Called into the ministry full time, he talks sincerely from his heart, sharing everything from the good to the ugly experiences.

One of the stories I thought was quite humorous and I’d like to share it with you.

He titled this event, “Barefoot Wedding.”

“I conducted an outdoor wedding on the shore of Beaver Lake it was a pretty rough crowd and they didn’t seem to spiritually-minded.

“Just before the ceremony, the bride spoke up, motioning to the wedding party and said, “This is a barefoot wedding, so I want you guys to remove your shoes.”

“How about me, I wondered? Can I join you?

“Oh no pastor,” Celia replied. “I didn’t mean you had to take off your shoes.”

“But would it be okay if I was barefoot with you?”

“Really you would do that for me?

“Of course,” I said. “Sounds like fun!

“I never imagined a man at the cloth would take off the shoes for a wedding,” the bride said.

And I have never done it that way before — but there’s a first time for everything.

So I slipped off my shoes and performed the wedding in a suit in bare feet. I felt silly, especially when they snapped pictures — but was glad to be part of it anyway.

In fact, my shoe removal brought immediately accepted into their inner circle.

Then it dawned on me.

This was holy ground like Moses experienced when he took off issues

After signing the marriage license, I put my loafers back on and headed toward the car.

Two of the groomsmen stood near a tree guzzling beer as I passed one shouted, “Hey preacher I think it was pretty cool what you did!”

Then lowering his voice, he continued…”When you say your prayers tonight, would you remember me?”

“I sure will,” I said.

He nodded, gulped back to tear, smiled big, and raised his Budweiser to me in a salute.

I smiled, nodded, and raised my Bible in return.

I thought that was pretty cool, and I wanted to share it with you that was one of the fun reads, but it was a real blessing to me. If you ever get the opportunity, pick up a copy of Purple Fish. I think you’ll enjoy it.

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