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Topic: Sizzle (05/02/13)
TITLE: The Raw Fish
By Ken Ebright
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Mark took the plate and bit into the fish and he sputtered as he wrapped his hand around his mouth.
"Matt, I'm tired from catching those fish all night long, and you have the gall to serve me something that's raw?"
Matt dropped his head and sighed. "I am sorry Mark. I heard it sizzle, didn't you hear it?"
Mark clenched his jaw and threw his fork on the ground. "It may have been sizzling, but it's not cooked. Why didn't you bring the gas grill?"
Matt smiled as he fried his breakfast on the fire. "Do you remember in the New Testament when Jesus roasted fish for the disciples? I thought it'd be fun to cook it over a fire like Jesus did."
"Matt, you failed me just like Jesus did. Why do we have to copy him?"
Matt tilted his head and looked into his brother's eyes. "What do you mean?"
"Do you remember the Foss's? There was so much love in that family. They had a normal mom and dad, but what did we get? An alcoholic mom who committed suicide." Mark hung his head. "I don't want to have anything to do with Jesus."
"Mark, I didn't fail you. I heard the fish sizzle, one would presume that it would have been done 20 minutes later. Jesus didn't fail you either."
"Matt, you're looking at Jesus through rose-colored glasses."
Matt smiled as he sat next to Mark. "We'll never know on this side of Heaven why the Lord gave us the mother he did. I'm sure the Foss's had their problems too, we just didn't know about it. I don't think Jesus failed us. He uses difficulties in our lives to help us grow. He never said that life would be easy. I've learned to depend on him throughout the years. Bring me your fish." Matt winked at his brother. "I want to make things right, just like Jesus will some day."
Mark shook his head. "I don't know about Jesus, I can't trust him." Mark took his fork and rolled the fish back into the pan.
Matt put the pan on the fire. "I'll re-cook your fish, and this time it'll be done, and you'll realize that me and Jesus didn't fail you."
Mark had a smirk on his face. "Brother, I'm not so sure about that. I don't know if you'll ever convince me about this Jesus thing."
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