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Adam & Eve: Our daughter’s version

We’ve been reading stories to our daughter right from her ‘small baby’ days. Every afternoon nap and night sleep is preceded by a reading session followed by a story narration. Since recently, though, we’ve had to make some space for a story interpretation session as well. After we read her a story, our daughter interprets or misinterprets the story in accordance with either what we would have been behaviorally enforcing with her at home or what she would have picked up from play school.

One such particularly creative (mis)interpretation session involved the story of Adam and Eve.  Believing that it was time to introduce our daughter to be oriented to the Bible, I had picked up an illustrated children’s version.  While we understand the story of Adam and Eve to be around disobeying God and being tempted by the devil (in the form of a serpent) to eat the forbidden fruit (or apple as we love to imagine), our daughter had a very different take on the story post the reading session.  Taking on Adam and Eve directly she first chided them on wearing no clothes and proceeded to admonish them on the manner in which they ate the apple.

” Adam & Eve need to wear pretty dresses. They are nangu pungu (naked in baby dialect) “

” Adam, you should first wash the apple otherwise it’s very dirtyyy “.

” You should then cut it and you should share it with the snake. Snake will then say it is Yummy Yummy “

As parents, we  realized we had definitely hit it home as far as  wearing clothes, washing fruits and sharing was concerned:)

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Be the Light to this World!

The Lighthouse

Photograph taken in Pondicherry, India

An inspiring illustration of shining Christ’s light to others occurred during WWII, when the Russians began their counter march against the Nazis. A young Nazi soldier found himself behind Russian lines.  He was bleeding from a gun wound in one arm.  Bewildered and afraid, he found his way into the home of a poor Russian peasant. She welcomed him into her humble home, and offered him food and rest.  He did not understand why she was so kind, since he was her enemy, but before he departed, he noticed how she would stand before her icons of Christ and the saints, praying. This soldier recalled years later, “I could see God living in that home, even though I had never known Him before. Before this, I believed that God didn’t exist, but that the State was my god. And this false god taught me to hate those who didn’t believe as I believed. Although I had never even seen a Bible in my life, no less read one, from the witness of that woman, I came to realize that God was alive because I saw Him in the life of that poor peasant woman.”

A short time later, as this same soldier attempted to find his way back to the German lines, he became lost and returned to the home of this friendly Russian woman, only to discover that her home had been burned down because of what she had done to help an enemy soldier. Well, the soldier did eventually find his way back to the German side, but he found his way back as a new man! He had seen the light of God! And following the war, he decided to dedicate his life to serving Christ and trying to share the light of Christ with others, all because he witnessed God’s love and mercy through this humble Christian woman! – This story is an excerpt of a sermon from here

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven – Matthew 5:14-16

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Trusting the Lord!

The Fisherman

 

When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking: Luke 5:4-6

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The Beauty of Love!

The Path to Glory

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; It is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way;

It is not irritable or resentful; It does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.Love never fails.

For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; But when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.

So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love —

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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