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.

Monday, December 12, 2022

 Opus 2022-338: Advent Calendar: Day 12, Shepherds

What you find behind door 12 is not a chocolate candy cane.  It is a shepherd’s crook.  It is used to both beat and rescue.  It can push, pull and direct.  I think it was the main tool they had.

Everyone knows that the shepherds were told about the birth of the Christ Child.  Like everyone else that sees an angel they had to be told not to be afraid.  What is hard for me to wrap my head around is that they were at work and they left in response to the message.  It doesn’t say if they left anyone to take care of the sheep.  Maybe an angel volunteered.  Maybe they didn’t care.

Christmas is a good time to listen and obey.  These guys took off looking for the messiah with only two pieces of information:  Wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger.  Not much to go on but it was enough.  God will give us the information we need to find the promises He is giving.  

Merry Christmas.

homo unius libri

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