Another blast from the past;
recommended that if you have even a passing knowledge of a foreign language try
reading the Bible in that language. You may hear it in a new way not assuming
what it says. For example, “Blessed are the meek” in the English
version. The French version reads, ” Heureux
sont les debonnaires” (Happy are the debonair).
The next time your fundamental friend insists you have
to take every word of the Bible literally, word for word, ask him if you
have to take John the Baptist literally when he calls Jesus the Lamb of God.
Buechner says reading the Bible is like a window.
If you look at a window you see dust and cracks and specks. if you look through
a window, you see the world beyond.
Enjoy the weekend.
Traveler’s note: We are in New Orleans. Having visited this city numerous times since Katrina and wondering why people remain, I am convinced now that where our government failed; people have succeeded. After five years, there are still plenty of visual reminders of the tragedy; and yet in the eyes of the people who remained, I see the spirit that overcame the worse that nature and government incompetence can throw at a people. That spirit has taken recovery by the reins and steered it away from failure. It is evidence that the human spirit can endure a great deal and emerge the better for it. W