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.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Opus 2012-299: The Stop Sign of Thanksgiving

Why has Thanksgiving become such a national tradition?  It is one of the few holidays that is celebrated by almost everyone.  I view it as a Christian holiday because I am giving thanks to God.  People of other religions can feel the same sense of thanks even if we have different beliefs.  People of no religion can also feel thankful.  They can think happy thoughts or have a sense of gratitude to ancestors or the human spirit.  It is a chance to focus beyond ourselves.

It is a national stop sign.  It is a time we all stop, at least for a moment, and experience an awareness of gratitude to something bigger than ourselves.

It is appropriate that it comes a few weeks after the general elections.  We have had a bit of time to notice that the country has not dissolved into chaos and ruin.  The black helicopters have not arrived on my lawn.  The internet has not been shut down.  We seem to be muddling along, at least for a few more weeks.  We need to stop and be thankful that there is still time and liberty.  We need to make the most of it.

It is appropriate that it comes a month before Christmas.  It should set the mood and help us to focus.  It should give us a chance to stop, looks at our blessings, examine our priorities and go into the season of giving with a desire to really give and not just spend.  Every year we have a pause to get ready to move ahead and change directions.  We can make this holiday into what the word originally meant:   Holy day.  For Christians it is a chance to remember that the first Christmas was the incarnation, the word made flesh in the fulness of time.  For non-Christians it is a chance to take advantage of the celebration that they are invited to share.

So stop.

Be thankful.

God bless you and yours, even if you don’t believe.

homo unius libri

1 comment:

  1. Thank you. The blessings are awesome when you factor in the spiritual parts of walking with the living God.

    Grace and peace.


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