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, December 24, 2011

Opus 2011-366, Agape/Chesed: It’s Over, and I Survived

My kids are home for the holidays.  One of the things my daughter and wife are doing is watching the videos we took when they were growing up.  I get called in for the key moments.  One clip they called me for was the kind of memory that you don’t want to have. 

My son was ten years old and having one of those moments.  Okay, it went on for years but this was a valley, not a peak.  I think the issue was cleaning out the dish washer.  I don’t know what possessed me but I had the video camera in my hand as the battle ensued and we moved toward victory.  There were times when I despaired that he would live to become an adult.  He was strong willed and intelligent.  Oh, yeah, also defiant. 

Only the grace of God got us through those years.  Intellectually I know we went through it but the video brought back the raw emotion and feelings of helplessness.  But we stuck to our guns and came through it.

I am telling you that if you have a child in that phase, victory is possible.  The rebellious hellion is still coming home and has turned into a fine young adult.

Prayer, patience and the power of the Holy Spirit will see you through.  It's what we call love, given and received.

Hang in there.

homo unius libri

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