The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
Genesis 1:2

Formless (messed up), empty, dark – words that we can all associate with as far as our lives as concerned. But the very next sentence, and as surprising as it may seem, the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. That is, God is present even when we are messed up, empty and in the darkest of our times. Wait. Hold on.

For behold v3 is on its way – “And GOD said…” A time will come when God will start speaking over your situations, over every mess, every emptiness and every darkness to bring order, fulfillment and light, just like He did as he set His creation into motion.

Wait. Hold on.


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In one of the WhatsApp groups formed after Ekklesia, a beloved young man (hello Simon!) put forward a question, “Is saving money/wealth right according to the Word of God?” And as I was typing out my answer, I realized this had become big enough to be a blog and will probably be lost in the deluge of messages in a WhatsApp Group (We all know how that works!). So, here are my thoughts on this question:


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In this day and age, when ATMs dispense only Rs. 500 & 1000 bills (we Indians call it ‘Notes’), it is only natural for us to have them neatly placed into our wallets, and ensure they don’t crumple or tear. But how often, when we get a one or two rupee coin as change, nonchalantly put it inside one of those pockets in the wallet that we hardly use! Many a time, we don’t even take the change from a cab or a rickshaw driver. And that’s not always because we were in a charitable mood, but more often that not, it’s ‘cause we didn’t value that humble rupee.


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The Scented Trash Bag

Here’s a little secret – I enjoy shopping, even if it’s for essentials required for home. I’m usually the ‘chosen one’ from my family that end up going to the supermarket with my mom’s list of groceries and what-nots every month. One of the items that makes it to the list every second month is that black 20 something microns black pastic that we all know as the trash bag. So, in one of my recent shopping trips to the supermarket, I happened to chance upon what was a first for me: packets of Scented Trash Bags! Curiosity killed a cat sometime back, but it made me actually touch those packets with my nose. The packet was not lying. It did have a fragrance! So much so, that I had second thoughts of buying that over a much cheaper option that was already in my trolley. On my drive back home, as strange as it may sound, that scented bag got me thinking.


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We were going through the portion from the gospels telling us about the miracle on the road to Jericho, when blind Bartimaeus received his sight. This is the second part of the post that was published previous Monday on what are the lessons that we can learn from the episode.

Voice of the World v/s Voice of Jesus
“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus. Mark 10: 48-50


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Mark 10:46, 47
Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Most of us are familiar with the story of Jesus healing the blind beggar(s). If not, I request you to go through this link. While Matthew (in 20:29-34) gives an account of not one but two blind men, Luke (in 18:35-43) mentions that Jesus was approaching Jericho (as against Matthew and Mark’s version of Jesus leaving Jericho). According to Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges, this ‘discrepancy’ could be because of the presence of two Jerichos – Old and new – during that time, and the writers are narrating from the perspective of their location. To quote, Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges, “Possibly it [supposed discrepancy] may arise from the two Jerichos—the old town on the ancient site, and the new semi-Herodian town which had sprung up at a little distance from it.” And so, going by the interpretations and the flow of events by the three writers, it is a safe assumption to make that all three evangelists – Mathew, Mark and Luke – are talking about the same miracle.


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It has been a while since I wrote my last blog. To put it mildly, things have been quite ‘active’ at the Varghese Residency. If the first pictures that came racing to your mind were that of some busy bodies at work inside a big bungalow, you’re requested to downgrade your imagination a bit. Varghese Residency is a 2 BHK on-loan home, where the eldest Varghese spent most of his time in bed recovering from a surgery, brother Varghese got a transfer back to Mumbai, and me – I quit.


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