Chapter 36

He was a great storyteller.  People may have called him a teacher, but he taught with stories.  He told us stories about beggars and kings, farmers and fields, fish and fisherman and brides and grooms.  Sometimes the meaning was obvious.  Like the story he told about the man who was forgiven the great debt but…

Chapter 35

What was Jesus like as a child?”  Mary smiled. “It was easy to forget that he was the Son of God. He was just a kid, but a kid that didn’t seem to get in trouble.  Which really annoyed his brothers and sister. I had to be so careful not to compare them with their…

Chapter 34

It was just like the last time when Mary approached me to finish her story.  The rest of the group had gone to bed, and I was sitting by the fire, waiting for it to burn itself out. I was in my nowhere place, not thinking of anything in particular when she joined me. “May…

Chapter 33

The next day we were back at the beach and it wasn't very long before a crowd had gathered to hear Jesus teach.  “Jesus, Jesus, I need to see Jesus, please let me through.”  Everyone turned to see who was making all the commotion and out of the crowd came Jairus, the leader of the…

Chapter 32

It wasn’t long after we had arrived in Caesarea Philippi that some religious leaders came to the house where we were staying.    Without so much as a greeting, they started in at Jesus, telling him if he was going to teach in God’s name and claim the authority that he was taking that he needed…

Chapter 31

Mary must have sensed my disbelief: “I know.  You wouldn’t be the first one to doubt what happened.  How do you think Joseph felt? “Within days I knew I was pregnant, that a life was growing inside of me, and I realized that Joseph would have to know. “I still remember the look of shock…

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…