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Kuwait Independence / Liberation Fireworks 2011

Wow. Magnificent. Amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it, so creative, so wonderful:

Come back and watch this when you have twelve minutes, and click the expansion box so that it fills your screen. Oh WOW.

Thank you, N, for sending that link. WOW.

Update – Part 2

February 25, 2011 Posted by | Beauty, Cultural, Events, ExPat Life, Holiday, Kuwait, Living Conditions | | 4 Comments

“Love Your Enemies and Pray for those who Persecute You”

Today’s reading in The Lectionary is the heart of the Christian faith. Jesus told us many things that turned the world upside down. If we as Christians, truly practiced the teachings of the Christ, what a different world this would be:

Matthew 5:38-48

38 ‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”

39 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also;

40 and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well;

41 and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.

42 Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

43 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.”

44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.

46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same?

47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters,* what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?

48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

If YOU were to pray for your enemies, who would you pray for?

I tried it one time, almost as a challenge to God, I didn’t believe it would change anything but I would do it because it was required – and it turned out well – for God. When you pray for your enemy, you open a door for change to happen, unexpected change, miraculous change, transformational change.

As a young woman, I studied power and it’s application, reading books from many cultures on strategies of winning. This gospel summarizes a totally unexpected and wildly successful use of the spiritual power in each one of us, the God-given power to turn evil to good, to bring friendship out of enmity.

So today I challenge you. Is there someone in your life whose very presence makes you miserable? Pray for that person. As often as that person comes to mind, send up a prayer. I challenge you to see what happens in your life.

February 25, 2011 Posted by | Charity, Civility, Community, Counter-terrorism, Crime, Cross Cultural, Cultural, Family Issues, Friends & Friendship, Spiritual, Values | 2 Comments