April 30, 2010

The Beam that washed ashore


After cyclone Renee, Pops had been thinking about building an A-frame house (in Tongan called a fale hunuki) first rather than starting a building project of a traditional fale Tonga.  The next day after he'd decided to build a fale hunuki, this beam washed ashore like magic.  Salesi and I carried it 600 feet to our house, where we let it dry out so that it can be used in building Mayone's fale hunuki 'hafekasi' (that is a fale hunuki with a raised wooden floor).

"Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."
-Matthew 7:1-5

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