And then some

15 02 2011

Sometimes it’s helpful to have a friend who has been there before you, whether “there” is a holiday destination, a teenager, or a challenging life circumstance.  Of course, you don’t want them to be a smarty pants, but to know you’re not the only one can be comforting.

I was following a footnote in one of the Bibles that I use sometimes. (I love footnotes – they take me to all sorts of irrelvant places that should equip me for QI*) 

Here’s my QI finding –

Jesus faced all of the same testings we do, he heard the whispers, but he didn’t give in.  Because he has been there, done that, and then some, he can represent us to God.  His death is not a sacrifice that has to be repeated over and over but a once-and-for-all that allows us to receive God’s mercy and grace to help us when we need it most.

That’s what I call a friend.

~

* BBC programme Quite Interesting isn’t really about pointless information, or shoring up vast banks of trivia. It’s about finding undiscovered connections and seeing hidden patterns…

QI could loosely be described as a comedy panel quiz. However, none of the stellar line-up of comedians is expected to be able to answer any questions, and if anyone ends up with a positive score, they can be very happy with their performance. Points are awarded for being interesting or funny (and, very occasionally, right) but points are deducted for answers which merely repeat common misconceptions and urban myth. (Alan Davies has turned this aspect of the game into somewhat of an artform.) It’s okay to be wrong, but don’t be obviously, boringly wrong. In this way, QI tries to rid the world of the flotsam of nonsense and old wives’ tales that can build up in your mind. QI not only makes us look more closely at things, it encourages us to question all the received wisdom we have carried with us since childhood. Think of the program as a humorous cranial de-scaler.

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