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, August 16, 2013

Opus 2013-272: Healthy Insights: A Word of Hope

I am diabetic.

Like anything else in life we are all different.  Nothing seems to work the same for everyone.  I want to encourage those on the diabetic road a little.  At the same time I understand that you may do everything right and your blood sugar still climbs.

I am diabetic.  At this point it is important to remember that.  Just as an alcoholic involved in Alcoholics Anonymous must continually confess that they are alcoholics even if they have not had a drink for years, we must remember what we are.  The ugly giant is there in the shadows, waiting to descend again.

But sometimes the attempts to control can make a real difference.  What woke me up and got me serious was an A1c of 10 and a referral to an endocrinologist.  I got serious enough to lose 100 pounds.  I stayed serious enough to keep it off for nine months now.  I don’t say that to brag or cast dispersions.  I may start chowing down tomorrow.  Or today.  I do say that to offer hope.

When I went to visit my kids this summer I was away from home for over a month.  I did not exercise as I should.  My diet was borderline at best.  I decided not to take my meter or test strips to check my blood.  When I got back my weight was the same and the two Sundays I checked my blood the cholesterol was at 94 and 87. 

If you have lost weight and it didn’t help, my heart goes out to you.  If you have never worked up the resolve to make it happen, let me encourage you.  It may be the decision that transforms your life.  You might be able to join me by throwing out all your medications and putting aside a lot of the worries.

The other shoe may drop tomorrow.  I understand that.  But for today, all is well.  Give it a try.  Encourage someone else to give it a try.  It isn’t easy.  It never goes away.

But remember, no medication needed is better than relying on the miracles of modern medicine.

homo unius libri


  1. Glad you're doing well, Pumice. I wasn't diabetic the last time I was checked, but that was two years ago. At my weight, that's amazing, but I always wonder about next time.

    1. Some people evidently don't have the gene. At least that is the current theory. I trust that you will continue not needing to deal with this. Rejoice and be grateful.

      Grace and peace.


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