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 22, 2018

Opus 2018-277: Thanksgiving, Really?

I wonder how many people sit down to a big feast today and never seriously think about being thankful.  Of course one of the reasons is that since they don’t really believe in a personal God, whom do they thank?  I guess some might ask, “What do they thank?”  Can you picture a thanksgiving day in the Empire of Star Wars?  How would you thank the Force for your blessings?  Which side of the Force?  Or both?  I know that some people might thank the wind for blowing but it seems kind of empty unless you believe the wind is aware of your thanks.

There is a reason that some refer to Turkey Day.  That is the center of their festivity.  They don’t seem to be aware that you can buy turkeys at other times of the year.  And what do you do if you can’t afford a big turkey and all the trimmings?

To me Thanksgiving Day is just another day in some ways.  I have a morning ritual that begins with looking at a description of the Last Supper.
(1 Corinthians 11:23-4 KJV)  ...the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
Part of what I do is remind myself that if Jesus could be thankful knowing that the cross was coming, how much more could I be thankful living in America in the 21st century.  I am aware of the forecasts of doom and gloom.  I know that the socialist goons are doing everything they can to disrupt our society.  I am aware of the cesspool of public entertainment.  But I have a context.  My context is not this week or even this century.  My context is eternity and the Big Picture.  I know that there is a God who is in charge and has a plan.

In addition to that my life is swamped with blessings.  I think that those of us who are aware of the big picture are also more aware of our blessings.  I am enjoying the day.  I have blessings of family and friends.  The heater works and the roof does not leak.  My pacemaker is still working and no one has refused to accept my credit card. 

And I know the One who I am thanking.

Rejoice and enjoy the day.

homo unius libri

1 comment:

Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.