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.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Opus 2013-2: Holiday Milestones

Happy New Year.  Are you getting tired of that?  Already?

New Year is an arbitrary date.  That is more true that most realize.  We just went through the Mayan Apocalypse hype.  Don’t blame the Mayans.  They were cool.  It was all the entrepreneurs who wanted to make money that got the buzz going.  In 1605 the calendar year in England began on March 25.  Other cultures have their days.

The usefulness of New Years is as a reminder.  We all have gone through the New Year’s resolution phase.  It never seems to work but it is useful.  It causes us to pause and think about where we have been and where we are going.  I think that is one of the major values in the different red letter days we celebrate.  Think about it.

Some holidays are designed to get us thinking.  Memorial Day and Veterans Day are for looking back.  Thanksgiving is for looking up.  Birthdays are for looking in. 

So don’t waste the day.  Enjoy all the family and cultural activities.  Celebrate.  But take some time to get away and think.  Look back at both the good and the bad.  Feel regret and satisfaction.  Look forward.  Set goals and hope.  Spend some time in prayer asking not just for blessing but for guidance and wisdom.

The New Year waits.  In 365 days you will be looking back on today.  Make it a good review.

homo unius libri

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