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by Terry Lee
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Peter's Strife

OK guys, let's get this catch aboard" As Peter and his group of fishermen, lean into the nets, the catch of the day was great.

Meneies speaks out above the noise and says; "Peter, what's the hurry? We still have a few hours til dark."

Peter; "Yes, but we have to get these in, I have supper waiting. My wife and I are having Jesus over tonight!" [laughing] He might be hungry!"

Andrew; "Ah, brother Peter; Jesus takes priority doesn't He?"

Giving a stern glance, Peter remains silent, knowing that one such as Jesus, doesn't come along in ones lifetime. The teachings are far above the rhetoric of the Temple goings-on.

Meneies says; "Quite a catch, we will be a day on cleaning this many. You know Peter, since you and Andrew have become so engrossed in this man Jesus, our catches seem to be getting better. Do you think after that one day, when we couldn't haul all the fish into the boat, was a sign? Up until Jesus said to cast our nets on the other side of the boat; it was a pretty poor showing until then. How does He have this much power, that even the fish obey Him?"

Andrew; "We have never, ever met such a man! We were just poor fishermen, when He just appeared out of nowhere and asked us to follow Him. Remember that day Peter? It's like we were drawn to him, like locusts to grain. Things have changed quite a bit since then."

Peter shouting at Meneies; [laughing], "Well obey me, let's go!". . .and to Andrew in a quieter tone; "Yes brother, we all have been changed. Hope will have it Meneies, will too change. I am going to ask Jesus about him tonight."

Getting to shore, removing the fish and straightening out their nets to dry, the three men called it a day. Meneies went on his way and Peter and Andrew went home.

Sarah was excited when Peter walked through the door; "Peter, the Rabbi was just here! You just missed Him!"

Peter said; "well rotten nets! I was hoping to get here quicker; is He returning for supper?"

Sarah; "Yes, He will be back in a little while. Eeew! You smell fishy. . . you need to wash up."

Giving her a gentle peck on the cheek, Peter chuckles; "You bleat like a lamb! OK, I will go wash."

Peter cleans up and relaxes at the table, where Sarah has prepared broiled fish cakes, lentils and goat. Smelling the fresh-baked bread, Peter moans; "Mmmmm, I can hardly wait! The Lord had better hurry back, or I may have to ask for forgiveness for eating His supper!" [he and Sarah, both laugh]

Peter's small son, Michael jumps on his dad's back. . .."Dad, who is coming for supper? Mother has prepared a fine meal, and I helped with it."

Peter exclaims; "Well, lad, what could such a small boy do in helping?" [chuckles]

Michael; "I fetched the wood for the fire!"

Laughing, Peter picks up his son over his head; "That you did, my boy, that you did! Run along now and play, we will eat shortly. . ."

A short while passed then came the greeting at the doorway; "Ummmm, something smells good!" Jesus walks in; "Peter, your wife knows a man's stomach; you are blessed." [Jesus chuckles]. . .. "A virtuous woman, just like the scroll of Solomon says."

Peter; Yes, Lord, I am blessed. Sarah is a good woman. Rabboni, why is it you never married?"

Jesus; Peter, I am married. Married in the spirit of My Father. I take no wife, for the burdens of My life would bring nothing but heartache. It is not given for me to wife a woman, for My business is not in flesh, but in Spirit. I hope you understand. But I do have several women who are my friends; Mary for one. She is a comfort to Me, but not in a sense of a man. She has given up her former life to be an aide to Me and to all of you. My Father's grace shines round about her. . . . .but, I tell you this; if I could marry, the Magdalene would be my choice."

Peter. .; "I am sorry my Lord, I didn't mean to pry. I was just wondering you know.. .. ..Enough of this, let's eat; come lad!"

Enjoying their meal, Jesus speaks; "I have wondered about your friend Meneies, does he speak of Me?"

Peter; [cough. . cough]; "How did you know? I was going to speak about him to You tonight. Lord, he is a good man, he works hard for his labors, but he still is silent on the matter. He will speak about You if someone asks, but he still isn't sure of Your Gospel. If you could, would You speak to Him in private? I know you would convince him."

Jesus; "Peter, I could, but what good would it do to bestow on Him belief? You, water and grow the tender plants and My Father reaps the harvest. If yet your water and nourishment is bountiful, so will be your plants. Do you understand these things?"

Sarah leans over to her husband and whispers; "What does He mean by you watering plants; are you to be a farmer?"

Peter glances away from her; "Yes my Lord, I understand. But as my woman has asked, many do not understand these sayings. How will they?"

Jesus winks at Sarah; "Listen to Peter, for the Kingdom will shine forth like a new drachma. He is your husband, for whom you owe all. In return, through him, you will be counted as pure. . .. . .. . .. .[Jesus laughs], we already know, you can cook!"

After a good night of conversation and a meal among friends, Jesus leaves with a nod. .. ; "Thanks again Sarah for the meal! As for you young Michael. . .I know you will grow to be just as strong a man as your father and will catch many fish! [Jesus winks at Peter]. .. Will see you on the morrow; we are all gathering at Geneseret . . .bring some of that bread". . .(He winks.)
As Jesus wraps His cloak around Him, he is amused at the family life of Peter. Just simple people, on-going in their life, working day, to day. Peter will do fine; he will be that rock that I depend on. He is learning. "Father, thank you for such as Peter, a common man, for whom you most admire. Amen"

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