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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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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Imagine standing in the middle of a crowd that is ‘happy-go-lucky’ and carefree, with absolutely no fear in the world. And somebody clicks a photograph of the crowd. Ever thought how you, Mr/Ms Child of God, will look in that pic? Will you be standing out in the crowd? Or will your presence be missed in the picture because you were just one among the many behaving exactly like them?


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Those women at the tomb

Early Sunday morning, when the rays of the sun were yet to sneak out, three women were heading towards a tomb about 4 kilometres away from them. A tomb where they had last seen somebody who was supposed to be their Saviour. Correction. The tomb where they had last seen a motionless and dead Saviour being kept inside. Upon coming to the tomb, they found the stone rolled away and the body missing.

“They have taken away the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him” – Mary Magdalene reported to this to the disciples (John 20:2)


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One was on his way to earn his bread. The other was waiting for a prey. Any prey. The latter found his victim – the former! It wasn’t soon before this guy came swooping down, and before you could say ‘crow’, he was off – with his morning breakfast. A nice and delicious fish! Not a bad deal. Not at all, considering he didn’t have to pay for it. The fish-seller went on, clueless, with his basket of fishes.


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