photo prompt © Dale Rogerson
Genre: Realism 
Word count: 100
Come along and join in with Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers.
Rochelle asks that we use the photo prompt 
and limit our words to 100 or less. 
Click on the frog to read more stories.


She prays all night. The church doors had been surprisingly unlocked. Its interior, its peculiarly aged scent of wood, recalls her standing between her parents, singing in her clear soprano voice, afterwards accepting praise from teary-eyed elders.

How long since she’d sung a hymn? Her music had taken her a long way from the church’s doors.

At last she rises. Outside, she looks back at the steeple lit by the dawn, a rooster weathervane atop the cross.

Bending her head, she weeps to remember that even Peter1 had denied his Lord three times before the rooster crowed. And been forgiven.

1Mark 14:27-31, 66-72 (NIV)
“You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:
‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’[Zech. 13:7]
But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today–yes, tonight–before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”
But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same. …
[After Jesus’ arrest] While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by.
When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.
But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.
When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.”
Again he denied it.
After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”
He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”
Immediately the rooster crowed the second time.
Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.”
And he broke down and wept.

56 thoughts on “Weathervane

    1. Dale,
      Well, that’s the meaning I’ve ascribed to it, and if the shoe … I mean, rooster weathervane … fits … 😉 Appreciate your kind comments, and your lovely photo.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Wow Whitney is another example of how the entertainment industry isn’t all it promises it to be. I use to work security for red carpet events in Hollywood and I feel there’s a lot of illusions many who are in that road pursue. Good point!

      Liked by 1 person

    2. For one so young, you’ve worn many hats my friend. Your perspective is all the more valuable I think for those you minister to, praise God! The father of lies loves those red carpets. Some of them can run right through our churches.

      Liked by 1 person

    3. Aww thanks. It was only a part time job when I was trying to pay the bills in seminary. You are right some of those red carpet lies can run through the church especially Big Eva’s own celebrity culture

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Dear Dora,

    Train up a child in the way (s)he should go…beautiful prodigal daughter story. It’s good to remember Peter’s denial and forgiveness. Lovely story and I love to hear you read.

    Shalom u’vrakha (Peace and blessings)


    Liked by 1 person

Please share your thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s