I'm a great admirer of the apostle Peter. I like his stubbornness, his willingness to speak up to Jesus even when he's wrong, his humanity and his humility and his ultimate faithfulness.
A lot of churches on the Gulf Coast damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina chose to rebuild further from the water. I understand that. I really do. But I love this story of a church that rebuilt on the spot.
I remember driving past St. Peter's By the Sea on my first trip here, a few months after the storm. I got a quick glimpse of what looked like half a church, just the top half, hanging above what looked more like a breezeway. When I came back a year later, I got to take a closer look.
Last year I saw the outside of the building made whole again, but this morning I got the pleasure of a tour given by one of the Wardens.
I love St. Peter. He's by the sea again, fishing. He gives me hope.