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Following Jesus? July 21, 2010

Posted by Phil Groom in Random Musings, Short Story, Theological Reflection, Watching and Waiting.
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JESUS was walking through the shopping centre in Galilee when he saw Simon and his brother Andrew at work stocking the shelves with books, for they were booksellers. Jesus said to them, “Come, follow me, and I will make you readers of people.” At once they left their bookshelves and followed him.

Going a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in another bookshop unpacking their boxes. At once he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the shop with the hired staff and followed him.

Another bookseller named Philip was watching all this. “What about me, Jesus?” he asked. “Should I leave my bookshelves to follow you too?”

Jesus looked at Philip and smiled. “What do you see, Philip?” he asked.

“I see your name written on each book, I see the light in your eyes each time someone picks one up and turns the pages,” Philip replied.

“The light shines in the darkness,” said Jesus, “and the darkness has never put it out.”


1. David Marriott - July 21, 2010

At it again, Phil*. Thanks.

*This is a compliment.

2. fromthesamesky - July 21, 2010

Brilliant 🙂

3. Melanie C - July 21, 2010

Love it Phil, thanks for sharing. It’s a wonderful image and homage to what we do and who we are or may be :0)

4. Phil Groom - July 21, 2010

*blushes* Thank you all 🙂

5. Mel Menzies - July 21, 2010

That is such a moving story, Phil. Really touching – and so well written. Thank you. Night.

6. DanutM - July 31, 2010

I liked this, Phil.

7. Leigh Porter - August 1, 2010

Thanks Phil, love you in Christ and see you soon.

8. Sandra May Potts - August 1, 2010

As always Philip you know how to write. It’s strange how as a child you knew how to put things into words. I have been sorting through all my books (the hundreds that I have) and I find it very difficult to throw them away. I even found books that I won at Sunday School, my favourite being my white Bible that Aunty Cissely dropped and broke the spine (don’t know if you remember!). Hope all works out for you, I’m sure that it will, things happen for a reason, we don’t quite know why, God might be saying “wait and see, all will be good, be patient”. With lots of love to my big Bro, Sandra xxx

Phil Groom - August 1, 2010

Aww, thanks Sandra xxx

And thanks everyone else too 🙂

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