Daniel turned his head on the pillow trying to focus on
the light coming through the window. Returning to consciousness took longer now, like rising from the ocean
depths. He wondered how long he had
slept. Searching for the clock on the
sterile wall, he noticed the fixture slumped in the visitor’s chair. Raising himself slightly, he struggled to
recognize his sleeping guest.
“Jack?” he whispered.
rumpled mass roused himself and yawned. “Yeah.” He stretched. “Good thing you were asleep when I got here, I
needed a nap. I came in on the red-eye
flight from L.A., I’ve only got twenty-four hours and then I have to be back.”
Daniel settled back onto the pillow. “Why are you here?’
I married while sailing the high seas. My parents gave me a cruise to Hawaii for graduating from a finishing school and on board I met Steven, likewise a gift recipient, celebrating his MBA from Harvard. Early the morning we docked, as the band played it's last song, we dragged the Captain out of bed and he married us. They say lovers spend 80 hours together before the question is popped and that week we did at least that.
Steven went to work for an international corporation, quickly scaling the ladder to success. Consequently we lived all over the globe, my son being born in Hong Kong and my daughter arriving in Rio di Janeiro. They're both grown now and my daughter, displaying a rebellious streak, married a cowboy and moved to Oklahoma, of all places! My son lives in London practicing international law.
Hello, allow me to introduce myself, I am Martha and I live in the first Christian century of Israel. I am not the Martha you read about in the Bible; she lives down in Bethany. I have to be quick to tell people that, otherwise they confuse me with her. My husband’s name is Simon and he is a tanner. But he is not Simon the tanner in the Bible, either. That Simon lives in Joppa; you can see how confusing it could get. Simon and I and our three boys, Nathaneal 12, Jason 10 and Tobias 8 live in Capernaum the north shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Capernaum is one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. If you’ve been to Israel your tour guide showed you where Peter lives in Capernaum and we live right down the block from him. Between us, on the other side of the street is the house of Jesus.