A poor wood-cutter and his wife were living in a European village. They disliked
Christians as they followed a different religion.
One day when the wood-cutter had been out to cut wood, Christian Evangelists gave a New Testament to his wife. The wood-cutter came home in the evening and found the New Testament. Immediately, he became very angry and fought with his wife. He tore the New Testament into two and threw half of it to his wife. The next day, he kept a small portion of the torn New Testament in his shirt pocket when he went into the woods to work.
After having his lunch, he took out the portion of the New Testament from his pocket. He found the prodigal son’s story in that small portion and started reading it. The portion ended with “I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’” (Luke 15:18-19).
He was eager to find out whether the prodigal son went to his father and if the father took his son back or not. But the rest of the Bible portion was with his wife at home.
At the same time, the wife read the New Testament portion torn and given by her husband. It began with ‘“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.’ (Luke 15:20). She wanted to find out what was the prodigal son’s sin.
When her husband came back home, she told him hesitantly that she read the prodigal son story and wants to read it completely. She asked him for the rest of the portion of the Bible. The wood-cutter admitted that he read the same story and he wanted to know the whole story as well.
Both of them shared their respective torn portions of the Bible and read the prodigal son’s story. The wood-cutter realized that Jesus Christ has taught many good things and he had torn the Bible which contains such good teachings. Then they both glued the torn pieces together and read it daily. They eventually became great Christians. For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) Are you meditating the Bible every day?