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 28, 2013

Opus 2013-369: Why Me?

I hope you have a happy thanksgiving. 

It is so easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the struggles, failures and shortfalls of our lives.  I do it often enough but by making it a habit of starting every morning with, “Good morning, Lord” I start off on the right foot.  I am working on meditating and writing on Proverbs at the beginning of every day.  Between the spoken words and the studied Word it puts a spring in my step.

Today is the big pause that refreshes.  If you don’t have a personal faith I guess you can be grateful for the previous generations that have built our world.  I can do that and also see the hand of God in the general peace and prosperity I am surrounded by.

I often wonder, “Why me?”  Not in sorrow and complaint but in wonder and gratitude.  I could have been born in the middle of the chaos of the French Revolution, the Mongol invasion, Haitian slavery, the Black Death.  I could have been born in a poverty stricken third world country controlled by a crazy tyrant.  Without pride or arrogance, I can be grateful and continue to wonder, “Why me?” 

To that I add thanks.

Will things fall apart in the future?  Will sickness or poverty come?  Will tragedy stalk my footsteps?  Maybe.  I hope that I still trust my God and know a spirit of thanksgiving.  Remember that when the Pilgrims celebrated their first Thanksgiving in the new world, they had suffered tremendous losses.  Yet they were thankful.

“Why me?  Thank you, Lord!”

homo unius libri


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    1. And the same to you and yours. I hope the day was a blessing.

      Grace and peace.


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