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    Day 27 – Difference Between a Twig and a Tinder

    Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. – John 15:6 What is the difference between a twig and a piece of wood? One is snapped off. Materially they are the same, at least for the first few days. But one is alive, and the other is dead. A twig, as fragile as it is, can shoot forth flowers and fruits. Nothing in its dull tan suggests the burst of colors and taste, but they they are, fiery petals, fleshy peaches, in due time, as long as the twig clinging onto the…

  • feet washing,  John,  lent,  repent

    Day 20 – When Washing Feet, Scrub and Soap

    Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean.” John 13:10 When I was single, sometimes I skipped showers (this is a difficult confession…), and plopped into bed. After marriage, I probably skipped shower three times at most. My wife would not have me next to her unless I am all washed up. But not one day did I not wash my feet. That is where Suyun draws the line. Our feet gets lot of use. Perhaps more than any other muscles, except for the heart. And it is impossible to keep…

  • doubt,  faithfulness,  John,  lent,  Thomas

    Day 8 – Faithful Thomas

    Thomas, nicknamed the Twin said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go, too—and die with Jesus.” It is too bad for Thomas that he got stuck with a title created to divide the bible into useful, manageable sections. Ever since the section where Thomas says he won’t believe it (resurrection) until he see it himself , Thomas was stuck with “Doubting Thomas.” Readers assume it was what the rest of the disciples called him. It is like a bully’s name-calling that follows the victim through his elementary school. The victim is forever seen in that light. But today we see the faithfulness of Thomas. Where many were weary of going back…