Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Opus 2011-123, Alistair Begg: Dealing with Grief

I was listening to an Alistair Begg sermon on a podcast.  He talked about the burden he carried for his family after his mother died.  He related the moment he knelt and cast all his cares on Jesus.  We all know about that kind of experience.  We also know that the pain doesn’t disappear and we still struggle.  This is where Begg’s words became really helpful.  He said he had to learn a 60 second a minute discipline of not taking that burden back.  That is the part we overlook.

Being more than intelligent animals we have greater struggles than our pets.  I remember when my father died.  I did okay but I could not stop those unexpected moments of grief that would come on me.  They would be triggered by unexpected events.  The heaviness would descend.  This is where the “60 second a minute discipline” comes in.  We need to work at not picking up burdens we have put down.  That may involve a repeated letting go until the new habit is ingrained in our being. 

May your life be full of blessings.  We know however that death happens.  Illness strikes.  Banks fail.  But God is faithful 60 seconds a minute. 

homo unius libri

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