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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Jesus My Song

Here’s a song I composed recently with the help of the Holy Spirit. The theme of the song was born when I wanted to hear someone. Anyone. And I found none. That’s when I realised that it’s at times like these that Jesus becomes my song. The only voice I’d rather hear. I haven’t yet given any music to these words as my musical knowledge is next to nothing. (A tiny reference of this can be found in the song too)

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Jesus My Song

When the world gives me nothing to sing
When silence is the only voice I hear
There’s nothing more I’d rather sing
With His still small voice very near!

When Jesus becomes my song
That’s the music I wanna hear
There’s nothing more I’d rather long
But HIS still small voice very near!

His touch, His embrace, that’s all I need
Dipped so much in love, To me He’s dear
All I want here is His Word the seed
With that still small voice He speaks so near!

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Stay Blessed!


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From sitting on the majestic throne on the right side of God to being wrapped inside a wooden cradle;
From the sweetest sounds of heaven’s melodies to the accusatory voices of earthly rulers;
From wearing a crown adorned with precious stones to being forcefully pierced into His forehead with a crown of thorns;
From hands that held the creation together to hands that were pierced with thick iron nails;
From being worshiped by the angels to being spat on and brutally put to death by mortal men;
Forsaking the best, JESUS came down to the worst!
Reason? Me!

This quote, inspired from a worship album that I’d heard a few years ago, is something that I use often while leading worship! The vocabulary may sound fascinating, but it still falls way short of our great big GOD’s glory!

[These posts are quotes which are ‘quick-to-read’ yet insightful and encouraging in its own way. These are quotes/posts borne more out of my personal experiences, but are not short enough to fit into Twitter’s 140 character limit, but aren’t long enough either to be called a ‘blog-post’.]


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Short Post: Happy Jesus Day!

As the world celebrates what they call Valentine’s Day, some thought to reflect on for those truly loved by SOMEONE special!

There’s no ocean too deep, no mountain too high, no universe too wide to truly describe GOD’s love for you and me. Just to know that I was never unloved in life, right from the moment I was taking shape inside my mother’s womb till this moment when I am losing shape outside it 27 years, 4 months and 24 days later, makes me feel special, because my greatest and biggest love story was scripted about 2000 years ago on that Mount Calvary. Happy Jesus Day, everybody!

These posts are quotes which are ‘quick-to-read’ yet insightful and encouraging in its own way. These are quotes/posts borne more out of my personal experiences, but are not short enough to fit into Twitter’s 140 character limit, but aren’t long enough either to be called a ‘blog-post’.


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