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.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Opus 2021-333: Worship Tangent: Between

I sat in the dark pondering the majesty of God and the cosmos He created.  My mind went “Tangent!” which is a spiritual version of “Squirrel!”

I was suddenly in one of my science fiction stories.  My starship had fallen out of warp drive and was suspended in the vast gulf between stars.  I was alone in the cosmos.  Don’t get hung up on warp drives and FTL travel.  Stick with me here.  If I were out between the stars in the “emptiness” of space, how would I respond?

Would I be overcome by the loneliness and emptiness?  I imagine it is quite an unsettling experience to be light years away from any fresh coffee or wi-fi.  Those thoughts would come later.  My first concern would be how long it would take AAA to get to me.  Talk about lonely.  It is worse than being without a date on prom night I imagine.  I would not know because I never went to a prom and, to be honest, I am not convinced I missed anything.

Anyway, loneliness and emptiness.  You get the picture and can understand the feeling.  It would be worse than trying to find your way through a strange airport with a change of planes.

Or, would I be able to sense the presence of God better?  If I can get excited about a sunrise or the glory of changing a diaper on a grandchild, would I see God everywhere I looked?  Would God be able to speak to me more clearly when I had fewer distractions.  That of course assumes that thinking I am going to die would not be a distraction.  On the other hand, I am ready to go so I am not sure that would be a big issue.

Would it be totally different for a believer than an atheist?  It had better be.

So if you get bored today and have nothing to do you can contemplate such impossible situations.  Of course you could meditate on angels dancing on a pin or where Cain found a wife.  Your call.

homo unius libri

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