Short stories: John's visit to his local library

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This is a short story of fiction about a man named John who had a most unusual encounter with an old man in his local library. This strange encounter led John back again to the Christian faith, of which until then he had strayed away from.

John visits his local library, a regular occurrence in his diary

Libraries have been around in one form or another for thousands of years. Even today, they remain a popular place to visit by all members of our society.

John also loved to visit his own local library. He made it a point to go there at least once a month. He had to do that of course, because his borrowed books had to be returned before a period of four weeks had expired.

Libraries are a reflection of the knowledge that has accumulated in mankind's experiences as recorded here on the Earth. They bring this knowledge to new life in every age. Knowledge itself comes from the inner connection to truth.

All knowledge must be truthful to be real knowledge, otherwise it is mere propaganda, or fiction, or lies, at its worst.

One Saturday afternoon, John saw an old man reading a thick tome in a corner of the library. He was sitting on one of the many armchairs that were provided there for use by the patrons.

The old man had glasses, and white hair, with a short neatly trimmed moustache and beard. He looked to be around seventy something years of age. He was wearing a blue cap, and which was rather oddly unusual in itself. Most people would have removed their caps when they entered a library.

Curiosity got the better of John, as he wondered what particular book the old man was so obviously deeply engrossed in. He moved across to some nearby shelves, and he pretended to peruse the shelves there.

Out of the corner of his eye, he was observing the old man. He wanted to catch the moment when the old man might lift his book up a little, and so then John might catch a glimpse of its title.

This cat and mouse game went on for a few minutes, before the old man looked up, and directly across at John.

John meets a most unusual old gentleman in his local library

The old man got off from his chair, removed his reading glasses, and he walked across to John. He whispered to John, so that the other users of the library would not hear what he was saying, these words.

"You need to read this book more than I do, it seems. Here sit down where I was sitting and read some of it for yourself."

The old man handed John his book, and just as quickly as that, he walked briskly right out of the library. John had never before seen this particular old man in his library, and he was never to see him there ever again either, although he looked for him again every time that he came to the library after that.

For many years John had hoped to meet this casual acquaintance once more, but he never did so.

What was the title of the book that this old man gave to John then?

John reads a familiar looking book again but now with a new insight

The book that John had been handed by the old man was the bible, still the most read book of all time. It is also one of the most sold, and one of the most widely distributed books of all time too.

John took the book, and he sat down on the old man's chair.

The seat was still warm from him having sat on it for quite a long while. John opened the bible at random, and he started to read from Saint John's gospel, chapter 3 and verse 16.

This is what he read.

"God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten son to the world to save any within the world who believed in him and followed his teachings faithfully."

This bible was written in hand writing, and later when John compared this particular passage to his own bible at home of which he had not read from in so many years, he saw that this verse was the old man's interpretation of the original verse which read like this,

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

John had tried to borrow this book of the old man's, but the library staff had informed him that this book was not actually one of theirs. John looked in the front of it to see if there was any name pencilled in there, and he saw the name, "John."

It was written there neatly in lovely precisely formed letters, written in a very beautiful style of old fashioned handwriting that was being taught in the schools, perhaps seventy years ago.

John knew this because his own mother and father used to write in this style too. They had both died long ago now though, why John was nearly seventy years old himself.

This old man must have been close to ninety something years of age then, if he had been around at the time of his own parents, John had thought to himself afterwards.

John knew then that this man had been waiting there for John. He had already written John's name on his copy of the bible, that had been all handwritten for John in a way that John might relate to it better.

The way that John had obtained this bible was rather weird to John of course, but after that he joined the Catholic church of his wife, and he became a Christian again.

John had been brought up a Christian by his parents, but he had long ago strayed away from the true faith, and he had joined many other false teachings during the ensuring forty odd years before this rather odd experience in the library, had prompted him to once again have another look at Christianity, and so he had then seen the truth in it, and rejoined its folds, once more again.

"When you know the truth, the truth will set you free."

This sentiment comes from Jesus' words as recorded in Saint John's gospel, chapter 8, verse 32.

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

John has at last been set free from his bonds

John had returned once more into the arms of Jesus. It was his own decision to do this of course, but the old man had definitely given him a nudge along in time to at last take the step towards fully embracing Jesus in his life, once more again.

It is never too late for any of us to do this of course. There is always somebody out there that God will send along to help us to do this if we are ready as John was on this cloudy Saturday afternoon in June just last year.

John had learnt that the truth is never just dead philosophy.

It is all about us consciously activating our own God given gifts, and practically living God's truth through our experiences here with his love, whilst remaining also at the same time always fully immersed within his love.


Bible Reading, Christianity, Fiction, Library, Short Stories

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I have been interested in the spiritual fields for over thirty five years now. My writing is mostly in this area.

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author avatar spirited
20th Feb 2014 (#)

thanks for the star here Mark!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
20th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you for a lovely story spirited.
Sometimes God sends us angels to help our loved ones find their way home .
God bless you
Stella <><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Feb 2014 (#)

Inspiring post, Spirited. I have heard of few who had real awakening at some point in their life and they never look back - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
20th Feb 2014 (#)

how absolutely beautiful this my friend...awesome and touching...often angels disguise themselves as mere mortals and are around us very very guide and help never know whom they are..

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
20th Feb 2014 (#)

Good morning, Spirited. Nicely done. Serendipity, angels, happenstance, Good Orderly Direction, the Universe or God - each guide us if we are open. Thanks for the reminder. ~Marilyn

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author avatar spirited
20th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Stella,

We all have angels and others always available to help us whenever we really need this help I feel, and at other times too of course.

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author avatar spirited
20th Feb 2014 (#)

thanks Siva, let's hope that our John in the above story does not look back either, and accepts the miracle that happened to him too.

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author avatar spirited
20th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks cnwriter,

I absolutely believe that too. Too add some controversy, I believe they can disguise themselves as our pets too.

My pet dog was always an angel in my life, that taught be how to love.

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author avatar spirited
20th Feb 2014 (#)

thanks Marilyn, there is not one moment in any of our lives when we are not being so guided I feel.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar spirited
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Fern, glad you thought so!

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