A year ago right now I was at Krac des Chevaliers, but since today I am not so busy exploring and taking pictures, I will write down a few random things from the last couple of days.
A friend who shall remain anonymous surprised me last evening. I laughed and laughed when I saw the hero of this two-minute clip. I was expecting Barack Obama! Certainly not this person!!
Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints on their win last night over the Indianapolis Colts! It was great to have an exciting Super Bowl as some of them tend to be rather boring blowouts. Andrew, here is the interview you wanted about Drew Brees speaking of his faith. I loved seeing Drew and his little boy together after the Saints' win.
So did you watch the Super Bowl? Any favorite and/or memorable commercials? Andrew kept commenting on how many Hyundai commercials there were. I didn't see the controversial Tim Tebow commercial until this morning. I don't know if it was worth all the hype. As TMZ says under their showing of it, "If you want to be upset about anything that went on during the Super Bowl -- take your anger out on whoever booked The Who for the halftime show." Ha! Andrew said after Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" a few years ago, they've only had old, ugly men for the halftime show. :-)
Michael spent Friday night with us. He and Andrew stayed up 'til midnight watching movies. The one that kept them up so late? Tom and Jerry!
I went on to bed around 11:15. I got the whole bed to myself because Andrew spent the night on the air mattress in the living room while Michael slept on the couch. The next day I made pancakes for them before Andrew took Michael with him to his parents' house. There they fed the bulldog, Abby, and the horse, Levi, and built a fire in the woodstove. Andrew's parents were out of town on a church couples retreat. After doing these chores they watched cartoons before going to Burger King for a cheeseburger.
This should be a no-brainer, buttttttttttttttttttt....maybe sometimes we forget these things when we expect people of other cultures to understand us and see things the same ways we do. This was written pertaining to Jesus' parables and how they should be interpreted since they were given to people long, long ago in another culture. "The interpreter is not a 'disembodied eye,' ... looking down on the world from 100,000 miles in space. Rather, every interpreter is influenced by his or her country's language, culture, history, economics, politics and military." -- pg. 285 in Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth Bailey
Oddly enough, these few verses from Revelation 3
7"To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
were the same ones used by both my pastor on Wednesday night and the special speaker, Edgar Feghaly, whom I heard at a church yesterday. I was invited to a friend's church to hear this man from Lebanon since she knew of my interest in the Middle East. I found it neat that I'd just favorably commented on someone's Facebook status who shared that he was coming to her church and then about 15 minutes later the pastor's wife called to invite us to hear Mr. Feghaly. Then for him to use this same passage - out of the thousands of Bible verses - was eerily cool. Coincidence? A message from God? *shrug* Anyway, I thought it was pretty neat for the same verses to be used in back-to-back messages.
I'm planning to pick up Michael in about an hour so I'll stop now. Plus this post has gotten longer than I thought it would.