Chapter 15 new

After I had this written I realized that it belonged back further in the book. The net was ready to split with the sheer volume of our catch. The water churned with the efforts of hundreds of fish struggling for freedom; the water shimmered as the sun reflected on the scales the fish had lost…

Chapter 28

I couldn’t contain myself. “That’s fine the first time, but how many times do we need to forgive someone?  Five times?  Six times?  Seven times?  Won’t they just keep taking advantage of us if we keep forgiving them?” Jesus looked at me and said, “Let me tell you a story.  Suppose a man owed a…

Chapter 27

Turn the other cheek.  Did he say, ‘turn the other cheek’?  That was just crazy. What would that accomplish? From the sound of the crowd it was plain I wasn’t the only one who felt that way.  “Listen to me.” Jesus raised his hands to get people’s attention.  “The law that said, ‘an eye for…

Chapter 30

I was sitting by the fire thinking about all that Jesus had been teaching us.  Some of what he said made complete sense, but there were still things that baffled me, and others I outright disagreed with. We were on our way to Nain and there was the usual group tagging along. “Peter or would…

Chapter 26

The days had flown since we returned from Nazareth, some days I fished and other days I spent with Jesus and the rest of the group.   Our days with Jesus soon fell into a comfortable routine.   He’d come by the house and we’d chat for a while and then we would wander through the village…

Chapter 25

“Seriously?  What were you thinking?” After leaving the synagogue we made our way back to Mary’s house, a table had been set up outside to accommodate everyone and lunch was about to begin when Jesus’ brothers and sister arrived.  And they didn’t seem happy. “You just show up and had to stir the pot, didn’t…

Chapter 24

I was beginning to get a little restless in Nazareth; It seemed like a nice community and everyone was friendly, but it was clear that we were the outsiders.   But more than that, I missed home and Esther, and it seemed strange not to see the water every morning when I got up. I didn’t…

Chapter 23

And so it went. For the rest of the trip Jesus told us stories and taught us about the Kingdom. Every once in a while someone would recognize him, word would spread and soon we’d be surrounded by a crowd. A clamouring clutching crowd, more times than not they weren’t there to hear what Jesus…

Chapter 22

The night before Jesus had told us we needed to get ready for a trip.   He said that we’d be gone for a week or more.  The destination?  Nazareth.  Jesus was taking us to the little town he had grown up in.  And we’d get a chance to meet his family. Esther wasn’t all that…

Chapter 21

How did people figure out where we would be? One minute it was just the 13 of us and then out of nowhere people started streaming into the field. There were scores of people; it felt like a festival. Some were sitting down while others were pressing in trying to see Jesus and others demanded…