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Monday, April 05, 2004

A Modern Passover Story

I'd like to share a bit that has been around since before last Passover. It has been circulated with various author's names attached to it, but the name you see below is the one I have seen most often.

To all my friends and family: May you all have a great Passover, Easter, Earth Day, Krasnaja Gorka, Radunica, Ascension, St. Egorij Day, Rusal'naia Week, Semik, Ostara... (yes these are just a few of the holidays celebrated in the spring, you narrow minded people!) ;-)


The Passover Story (as reported by the New York Times)
By Daniel P. Waxman

The cycle of violence between the Jews and the Egyptians continues with no end in sight in Egypt. After eight previous plagues that have destroyed the Egyptian infrastructure and disrupted the lives of ordinary Egyptian citizens, the Jews launched a new offensive this week in the form of the
plague of darkness.

Western journalists were particularly enraged by this plague. "It is simply impossible to report when you can't see an inch in front of you,"complained a frustrated Andrea Koppel of CNN. "I have heard from my reliable Egyptian contacts that in the midst of the blanket of blackness, the Jews were annihilating thousands of Egyptians. Their word is solid enough evidence for me."

While the Jews contend that the plagues are justified given the harsh slavery imposed upon them by the Egyptians, Pharaoh, the Egyptian leader, rebuts this claim. "If only the plagues would let up, there would be no slavery. We just want to live plague-free. It is the right of every
society."

Saeb Erekat, an Egyptian spokesperson, complains that slavery is justifiable given the Jews' superior weaponry supplied to them by the superpower God.

The Europeans are particularly enraged by the latest Jewish offensive. "The Jewish aggression must cease if there is to be peace in the region. The Jews should go back to slavery for the good of the rest of the world,"stated an angry French President Jacques Chirac.

Even several Jews agree. Adam Shapiro, a Jew, has barricaded himself within Pharaoh's chambers to protect Pharaoh from what is feared will be the next plague, the death of the firstborn. Mr. Shapiro claims that while slavery is not necessarily a good thing, it is the product of the plagues and when the plagues end, so will the slavery.

"The Jews have gone too far with plagues such as locusts and epidemic which have virtually destroyed the Egyptian economy," Mr. Shapiro laments. "The Egyptians are really a very nice people and Pharaoh is kind of huggable once you get to know him," gushes Shapiro.

The United States is demanding that Moses and Aaron, the Jewish leaders, continue to negotiate with Pharaoh. While Moses points out that Pharaoh had made promise after promise to free the Jewish people only to immediately break them and thereafter impose harsher and harsher slavery, Richard Boucher of the State Department assails the latest offensive.

"Pharaoh is not in complete control of the taskmasters," Mr. Boucher states. "The Jews must return to the negotiating table and will accomplish nothing through these plagues."

The latest round of violence comes in the face of a bold new Saudi peace overture. If only the Jews will give up their language, change their names to Egyptian names and cease having male children, the Arab nations will incline toward peace with them, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah declared.

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This past semester I felt stuck in sin and my selfishness in wanting to do what I wanted to do and not what God want. I lived in sin without people know it, I rebelled became angry argued over stupid things. It did lead me to a deep relationship with God, which I am just starting to see now. God worked through mostly friends and in my undesired to talk about spiritual stuff, and getting caught up in those talks. In this chapter, Mike cautions against speeding through life. What are the dangers of rushing through life? Do you feel as though you’re running to quickly through life? What needs to change to allow you to slow down? Dangers are missing out on things that are fun, but going through them so fast to get to something else fun instead of savoring it and enjoying it. I see myself running to fast, I have slowed down a little, but need to slow down a little more. I think my perception of God and life needs to change for me to do that. When have you been truly tired to the bone? How has God met you in your exhaustion? Wow! Thanks for the timeline. I’m grateful for Open Doors ministry and what they’ve done in the past and continue to do. It’s so great to see how God’s hands has guided this ministry to bless and encourage others. I’m excited to see what legacy it will leave behind the next 50 years. Thank you for all you do!!!

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