Chapter 15

Our group was growing, there were always people coming and going but there was a core of us who always seemed to be there; myself and Andrew, John and James, Nathaniel and Philip and the Zealot.  That changed one afternoon as we were returning from the shores of Galilee where Jesus had been teaching.  As…

Chapter 14

And life went on. We didn‘t spend every day with Jesus, but we were spending more and more time with him. There were still nights I spent fishing with Andrew, but for the most part Eli carried the load there. A few days after Marion’s healing Jesus showed up our home. Several of the guys…

Chapter 13

And that was how we spent the rest of the day. Jesus sitting on the bench out front, my bench, the one I could see the water from, and what seemed like a never-ending line of sick people. There were headaches and rashes, fevers and coughs. And it was always the same but different. Jesus…

Chapter 12

I could hardly believe my eyes; Esther’s mother was helping her in the kitchen and laughing as they listened to Jesus telling a story. Jesus? What was Jesus doing here? And he wasn’t alone. Andrew, James and John were there along with a couple of guys I didn’t know. “Simon, your friends arrived right after…

Chapter 11

“Simon, Simon wake up!” “Leave me alone, the sun’s not even up.” “Simon, please, something’s wrong with Mom, she’s sick, she’s burning up and I don’t know what to do.” There weren’t many days I woke up in the morning. Usually that was when I was getting to bed after fishing all night and this…

Chapter 10

Jairus and others crowded around the man, asking him if he was all right and helping him to his feet. And then Jesus told us it was time to go. Time to go? But what had happened? I knew what had happened; I was there, but I really didn’t have a clue as to what…

Chapter 9

I was still trying to get my head around Jesus’ story of his wilderness encounter with the one he called the schemer. Really? What had I gotten myself involved in? Midnight fishing on Galilee was sounding better all the time. “Peter? Peter?” Jesus’s voice broke through my fog, “Come on, we have a date at…

Chapter 8

And so, it began. The next day Andrew was at the house bright and early, excited about what lay ahead with Jesus, and already dreaming of what life would be like without the Romans. But what Jesus taught wasn’t about a revolution. Instead, he told us about where he had been for the past six…

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?” …

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…