A Fisherman’s Tale

I've always wondered what the Jesus story looked like through the eyes of Peter, and so I've decided to try telling it from the view of the fisherman. From my first reading of the Gospels, he was the Apostle that I most identified with. A fisherman called to become a Fisher of Men, impulsive, speaking…

Chapter 1

 “Stupid, stupid, stupid! He said I would do it and I did it.”  And then, to add insult to injury the rooster crowed, stupid bird. Could anything else go wrong?  Looking around to make sure no one saw my betrayal I looked him straight in the eye and my world fell apart. It seemed like I had…

Chapter 2

The path from the beach to the house was so familiar that I could almost walk it in my sleep and probably have. As I finally trudged around the corner, exhausted from another night fishing and saw our home I could almost feel the weight drop off my shoulders. Esther was hanging out clothes to…

Chapter 3

“I know he’s a grown man, but a little courtesy never hurt anyone.”  I was a little put out, Esther had prepared dinner for all of us and Andrew hadn’t shown up. “Simon, don’t worry about it, you ate his share, so it’s fine, really.”   Esther and her mother were puttering around in the kitchen while…

Chapter 4

“And Simon, don’t be a jerk.” “Me?  A Jerk? Come on Andrew, you know me better than that.” “Exactly, don’t be a jerk.  Give Jesus a chance.” We had just arrived at the home where Jesus was staying, and I was getting last-minute instructions before we went in. “Just keep an open mind and listen to what…

Chapter 5

“Peter? I don’t know, I kind of like, Simon, calling you Peter would just seem strange, especially when I was whispering sweet nothings in your ear, I’d feel like I was cheating on the Simon I married.”. “As long as it’s me you are whispering sweet nothings to, you can call me anything you like,…

Chapter 6

Another night of fishing and we were just beaching the boat when Andrew spotted a large school just off the shore, we grabbed our throw nets and waded out to try our luck.  We had caught plenty through the night, but you fished when there were fish.  There was no telling what tomorrow night might…

Chapter 7

CThe sun was high when I walked through the door, Esther just arched her eyebrows and asked, “Breakfast or lunch?” “Babe, I’m sorry I’m late” “Never mind that Simon, Eli told me what happened.  You must be exhausted, you fished all night and then you are gone all morning.  Where were you?  What is happening?” …