“The Blessing of Johann Baker”

“The Blessing of Johann Baker”

The priest was pleased. The schoolchildren seemed to enjoy their visit to his church.

“Next we have something very special,” he said.

The children oohed and aahed.

“Chainmail and swords?” said a girl. “In a church?”

“Yes, these were used by Johann Baker, our sacred protector.”

“Was he a knight?” a boy asked.

“No, he was a baker,” said the priest.

Another boy smacked the first one on the head, and was reprimanded by the teacher.

The priest continued. “A long time ago, this church was attacked by marauders. They were after our artifacts, you see. Most of the townspeople panicked and ran away, but Johann stayed. He armed himself with the items you see here, and defended the church alone.”

“Some say God blessed Johann with eternal life that day, that he may protect the church until the end of days.”

The children seemed adequately impressed so the priest moved on. He didn’t notice that the teacher stayed behind.

The teacher waited until he was alone, then bowed his head in prayer.

“Oh Lord, once more I beg of you, release me.”

A sob escaped his throat, and tears poured from his eyes.

“Please let me die.”



Thanks for reading!

Written for theΒ Sunday Photo Fiction – July 31stΒ 2016

198 words.


13 thoughts on ““The Blessing of Johann Baker”

    1. Thank you Amanda! πŸ™‚ Yes, I agree, he has earned his rest. I am not religous so I don’t really know what I’m talking about here. It just seems to me that the Christian God holds humans to an impossibly high standard sometimes. In this case, God may have thought that eternal life would be a wonderous blessing, but it turned out to be a cruel curse.

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      1. Well Sonny. I can answer that if you like. Before, God sent his son Jesus to die on the cross, and defeat sin (twisting good), death, and the devil; people would’ve had to be perfect to get into heaven and follow the ten-commandments exactly. In the old testament, they sacrificed animals as a sacrifice for their sins, but they had the hope, one day, God would send a Saviour.

        God sent Jesus because he knew people were imperfect and could never be perfect no matter how hard they tried. If you know about the story of Adam and Eve, you also know after both of them ate the forbidden fruit, they became sinful. So Christian’s believe we are both ‘born into sin’ because we all descend from Adam and Eve, and we also do wrong things ourselves.

        The hope for everyone past and present is Jesus. When Jesus died he saved (sacrificed himself) for all people dying on the cross. Now, those who believe in Jesus/God are saved and forgiven their sins, and they have eternal life in heaven when they die.

        If we pray for Jesus to come into our hearts, and to give us faith, we begin to believe and God/Jesus is able to affect us and change us for the better. It is not good works which save us, as many believe, but Jesus, Gods son alone through faith and Grace. Though, good works are to be kind to others.

        God loves us and cares for us. Though it us difficult to understand with all the bad things in the world, remember that innate sin from Adam, well it affected the whole world. Humans had/have freewill all humans, and the affects of freewill not to mention, doing wrong things whether we can help it or not, results in many bad things. But we forgive as we were forgiven by Jesus/God of our sins.

        While it is is an interesting concept in a story to be immortal. I think it wouldn’t happen in real life. In he Old testament, God limits the life span of humans to about 120 years. Humans before this time could live hundreds, if not a thousand years or more. It was just too much time to do evil and I think as your character, not a blessing or something good to live hundreds of years.

        People aged slower, got married older etc, but in the end it was too much time.

        Hope that explains? Not trying to convert you or anything just explaining how Christianity works.

        Thanks and great story.

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