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.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Opus 2015-108: Firsts: Why Is the Toaster Upside Down?

I went a few days before I even noticed and a few more days before I began to wonder.  Why is the toaster sitting on the counter unplugged and upside down?  Eventually I asked.

Did you know that toasters have a special trap door on the bottom for emptying out crumbs?  What a marvel of technology.  I guess there is the possibility that a toaster may last long enough that the bread crumbs will pile up high enough to start a fire and ruin your life.  Who would have guessed it?  If I had guessed it I would have thought that the obvious solution would be to turn it over and shake it so that the excess material would fall out.

Not so.  There is a special opening in the bottom for this important task.  The problem is that my wife, who was aware of this innovation, went too far in her enthusiasm.  She removed the swinging plate completely.  She probably wanted to scrub it and make sure it was clean.  Then she could not get it back on. 

So it sat there on the counter.  Eventually she shared this “fail” in her life and implied that as the man of the house it was my job to heal the toaster.  Since I was not in a spiritual mood I did not lay my hands on it and cry, “Be healed!”  She would not have thought it was funny anyway.

Being a man I started by examining the pieces and trying to see the logic of how it worked.  I then proceeded to put it back together.  Time elapsed, about two minutes, plus the several days it sat there in an embarrassing position.

I am thinking of opening a toaster repair shop but it might be a little early in my career for that.  Meanwhile, my man-card is still active.

homo unius libri


  1. hah! I like the idea of laying on of hands and shouting "be healed". Sounds like something my husband would do (and then he'd actually fix it).

    1. With my level of mechanical ability I often have as much success with the first method as the last. This was one of my rare successes.

      Grace and peace.


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