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.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Opus 2022-296: Color My Unlonely

It is lonely at the top, or so I have heard.

It is also lonely at the bottom.  Take my word for it.

It can be lonely at all rungs in between but I am not sure that I understand loneliness.

Loneliness is more in our attitude than the availability of companionship.  It has to do with the quality.  If it is just a matter of being with people then all you need to do is go to a swap meet.  There will be plenty of people to talk to.  It probably won’t fill the void.  What do you do when there is no one who measures up?

I am currently an introvert both in inclination and action.  I am quite happy in my study with my books and computer.  When my wife is out of town I can go for days without talking to anyone except for necessary exchanges at the grocery store.  I don’t understand people who need to be where it is happening.  I say “currently” because I have had times in my life when I was an extrovert.  I enjoyed getting everyone together and planning events.  I am not that way now.

I was attending the mid-week service at our church and bound myself bored with the stand-in speaker.  In spite of that I disciplined myself to listen.  What came home was that he was really touched by the Sunday sermon, a sermon that had left me reading the bulletin.  It was pablum to me but needed nutrition to him.  As I thought about that the conversation went on.  One of the ladies mentioned the “church family”.

The church I am attending considers themselves family, and they are.  They are really involved with each other and very supportive.  I am sure they would “care” about me too but I will never really be part of their family.  That requires time and a mutual caring that I don’t have to give.  As for time I don’t have enough years left.  As for caring, I don’t have enough energy.

I will do what I can to be a part of things.  It is an uphill battle but it needs to be fought.  I am not concerned about being lonely but it might be that I can be a positive influence on someone else.  

Life is good even if I have to make small talk.

homo unius libri

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