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 24, 2016

Opus 2016-312: Today, Thanks; Tomorrow, Carols

Thanksgiving is a part of my ritual every day before work.  Breakfast is bread, butter, coffee and thanks.  I began celebrating the Lord’s Supper each morning by reading over the passage in I Corinthians dealing with this sacrament.  One verse begins with “And when He had given thanks, He broke it...”  So I have thanksgiving at least five times a week.

That doesn’t take away from a day of communal thanks.  Worship is more intense when we are with other believers.  It is more than addition, it is multiplication when we sing to the Lord together.  Today is a day of feasting and worship even for those who don’t believe in much of anything.

I am thankful when I think of all the times that potential disasters ended up as minor inconveniences.  About a month ago a had a hard fall down some stairs on a dark morning when the lights were not working.  Nothing broke or got torn.  I had a few days of stiffness and sore spots but I was miraculously not in need of healing.  I went to the doctor for my annual physical and he thought my heart was acting weird.  That began a series of tests and monitors that came up with, drum roll.........., nothing. 

Then there is the overwhelming blessing of No Democrats in the Family Syndrome (NDiFS).  It is a condition that does not exist in every home.  It makes for boring conversations but fewer fights.

So enjoy the day.  Thank God that you live in America in the 21st century.  Rejoice that all of your problems are first world.  And remember the one ironclad rule of Thanksgiving:  You can’t start the Christmas music until after dinner.

homo unius libri


  1. Hope your holiday is a pleasant one.

    1. It was a great day. Blessing on you and yours as we move into the advent season.

      Grace and peace.


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