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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)

TITLE: A Foretaste of the Messiah
By Chuck Livermore
01/05/07


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Jonah sat by the fire. The smoke from the glowing embers swirled through the morning mist until it finally reached the fisherman's nostrils. Ah, the smell of broiled fish invigorated him after a long, tiring night on the sea.

"Jonah, my friend," called a voice that disturbed the quiet splashes of the water lapping against the shore, "I trust you had a good night."

Jonah turned and saw a familiar face emerging from the fog. It was Zebedee, a fellow fisherman who had just pulled his boat to shore and tied it the branches of a sycamore tree that hung over the water. "The Lord has blessed! I have an abundance! Join me for some breakfast and conversation," Jonah said. "In fact," he continued, "I have too much to carry. I may have to leave some of the fish for the wolves."

"I would help you my friend, but I have my own to carry." Zebedee replied. "I'm afraid the only way I can help is to carry some of the fish away in my stomach. You are not only a good fisherman, but a good cook as well."

The sun was not yet showing its face, but its light peeked over the eastern horizon. As the men enjoyed their breakfast fish, Jonah stared at the fading starlight. "Do you think we will live to the see the Messiah, Zebedee?" he queried.

"He will appear any day now. I am sure of it. Have you forgotten the testimony of shepherds that were traveling from synagogue to synagogue? They told of seeing the angels proclaiming the Messiah's birth. They saw the baby with its mother and father in a stable. Remember?"

"What I remember is that was over twenty years ago when I was a young man with no wife or children. We've not heard anything about that since. Where does a Messiah hide for so long?"

Zebedee leaned close to Jonah as if to tell him a secret. "We are seeing many strange things these days. People are having dreams and seeing visions. It must be because the Messiah is near."

Their conversation was interrupted by the sound of two young boys scampering down the hill toward them. "Papa, Papa," they called with bright smiles on their faces.

"Simon, Andrew! What are you doing out of bed so early?" Jonah called.

"Mother woke us because she had a dream. She said you would need help carrying all the fish you caught last night," the older boy explained.

Zebedee gave Jonah a look that said, "See?" but the only sound he made was a soft chuckle. He rose to his feet and walked away without another word.

Jonah looked at the last fish on the charred logs. "What are you cooking, Lord?" he pondered silently. "Whatever it is, let me and my family be a part of it."


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Tabiatha Tallent01/11/07
I really liked this, and would love to hear more.
Donna Emery01/11/07
Very cute and enjoyable. I admit that when you had Jonah eating lots of fish in the beginning I thought it was the Jonah of the book of Jonah! Anyway... good story and well done.
Valerie Routhieaux01/11/07
This is a good article, would be much better if you had proofread it first.
lynn rodgers01/11/07
hehe. i thought it was jonah from the book of jonah till they mentioned baby jesus. hehe i wanna name my son zebedee when i grow up
Rhonda Clark 01/12/07
I like how you did a prequel to the disciples calling. Good job.
Jan Ackerson 01/12/07
Wonderful! What a creative idea!
Pat Guy 01/15/07
I love this prequel! So likely and so real! A really good job of writing, atmosphere and dialogue. I thouroughly enjoyed this gem.
Crista Darr01/15/07
This is a very well-written piece. Excellent use of dialogue and I love the "foretaste" of the Messiah being the working of prophecy in the characters. Also was blessed by the simple prayer the family to be used by God. All He requires is a willing heart. :-)
Myrna Noyes01/16/07
Creative and intriguing story! Thanks for an imaginative glimpse at Simon and Andrew's early years!
Joanne Sher 01/16/07
Great description, especially in the beginning. I also assumed it was the OT Jonah - until I saw the name Zebedee (which wasn't very long - so that's fine with me!). This was very engaging and a wonderful snapshot.