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In Korea, there's a popular game called "Ice or Free." The rules are simple: one person is 'it' and chases others. Players can freeze themselves if cornered by shouting "Ice," becoming immune to being tagged. They remain frozen until a teammate tags them, setting them free. This state of being frozen and then liberated by a teammate mirrors a profound spiritual concept. Once 'frozen,' a player is helpless until an active, 'living' teammate comes to their aid. Upon being freed, their role shifts to rescuing others, reflecting a cycle of redemption and support.

Galatians 6:1-2, "Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently... Carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ."

"Ice or Free" serves as a metaphor for the Christian journey and the importance of community in our spiritual lives. Just like players in the game who are 'frozen' and need others to set them free, we often find ourselves in situations where we are spiritually 'stuck' or burdened. Being freed by a teammate symbolizes the support and redemption we receive from our faith community. Furthermore, once free, our focus shifts to aiding others, reflecting the biblical call to bear one another's burdens and work collectively toward spiritual growth and liberation.

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