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 20, 2022

 Opus 2022-353: Advent Calendar: Day 20, One of a Kind Promise

Behind door twenty you find a walker.  Old people sometimes use them.  You might need one after surgery.  Simeon would have had one if they were around in those days.  My guess is that instead of a walker they would have a young nephew or grandson walk around with you so you could lean on him.  He could also try to catch you when you fell or at least help you up.

With Simeon we move beyond the birth to the temple ritual demanded of all first born Jewish boys.  

(Luk 2:22 KJV)  And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
Simeon had a unique promise from God,
(Luk 2:26 KJV)  And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
That was for Simeon and no one else.  Often we take promises that are not intended for us and appropriate them.  There are promises of longer life based on such things as honoring our parents.  I don’t know of any promise that you or I will live to see the second coming.

Look around you and search for the blessings that God has earmarked for you.  Yesterday I had the privilege of rocking my grandson while he decided to wake up.  Each time I get the chance I know it may be the last time.  Then I will look for other blessings.

I trust that this Christmas season will be a time when you see God’s blessings.

Merry Christmas.

homo unius libri

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