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.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Opus 2012-29, Angels to the Right of Me...

Angels have come up in our teaching and discussions at church recently.  To be honest, I don’t think about angels much.  Maybe I should.  I remember a book that I think was called This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti?  Someone gave me a copy.  It sat on my shelf for a couple of years before I got serious about reading it.  I don’t like the genre on the whole but I am glad I read the book.  It gave me some possible insights into spiritual warfare and the place of prayer.  Angels played a big part in the conflict of the plot.

Angels are part of the reason that we believe in blessings and grace not luck and chance.  We  Christians often forget this and tend to fall into the chance trap.  In reality, God is in charge and the angels are there keeping an eye on things.  We need to walk in joy in that assurance.

When I fell a few weeks ago I was groggy and in pain.  I had a glorious bloody scab on my head.  I had a big blood stain on the carpet.  As my brain began to clear I began to see how just a few inches either way could have spelled major injury in my life.  I could have been blinded, killed or crippled.  Maybe I could have a T-shirt made up that paraphrases one you have seen.  It has the words “all I got was this crummy T-shirt.”  Mine would say, “I had a glorious moment of life threatening stupidity and all I got was this stupid scar.” 

I am convinced as I reconstruct what happened that my guardian angel (angels?) decided that since I insisted on acting stupid all they could do was minimize the damage.  I think they turned me into a guided missile and caused me to hit in the one way that would allow me to walk away from my mistake.  I continue to thank them for their protection and God for His grace in action.

Have you thanked your angels today?

homo unius libri

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