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2006 December 21 » Philoxenos

Philoxenos

A present like no other

21st December 2006

A present like no other

My husband and I met on the internet, nearly 8 years ago. Tomorrow we are celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary. Although we don’t normally buy gifts for one another, he surprised me a couple of days ago with my own domain name :) Can you tell that we’re somewhat computer-oriented at our house? So I am in the process of moving over my old blog (I think I started it two weeks ago) to this one.

Philoxenos, directly translated from Greek, means ‘friend-stranger’. More commonly found in the Bible translated as hospitality. Several days ago I was doing a word study during my early morning time with God on the word ’self control’. I found myself reading some of the New Testament passages that related to requirements for leadership in the Church. And in every single one hospitality was listed. It got me thinking. Obviously hospitality is very important to God if it is a requirement for leadership. But what exactly is hospitality? When J got out of bed I started asking him questions and asked him to get out his handy Bible software that can do word studies and all kinds of fancy things. He’s the one that discovered the Greek for hospitality. I told him that I believe this will be a lifelong study for me. The more I have thought and studied about it the more I realise that I really want to know more. I can guarantee that I’ll be writing more as I discover more about what God means when he exhorts us to hospitality, or philoxenos.

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21st December 2006

Lure of cheesecake

There is a freshly baked cheesecake sitting on the top of my oven, cooling. It is, by far, the most decadent and delicious dessert in my repertoire. It also costs about $12 to make, considering it contains 750 grams of cream cheese (priced at about 2.50 each for 250 grams here in NZ) and nearly 1/2 cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream, along with half a package of Oreo cookies. I’ve never stopped to think about the THOUSANDS of calories that are probably contained in every sliver. But for all these reasons I only make it about once a year.

Why make it now? Because my husband loves it. LOVES IT. Like, eat it for breakfast loves it. And tomorrow is our anniversary. After all, when you care enough to send the very best, send cheesecake (I hope Hallmark doesn’t mind that I’ve stolen their line).

But now, there is a cheesecake calling my name “Michele… Michele!” I can hear it and I desperately want some! But we’re saving it for tomorrow when we share dinner with some friends in celebration of our special day. Do you think they’d notice if there was a slice missing?

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