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.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

 Opus 2023-001: Candyland to the Closet

Life is not a game.  New Years Day reminds us of that.  It does it by the number of people who talk about New Year’s resolutions and setting new goals.  It does it by coming once a year.

One of the criticisms of modern video games was that you lose your ten lives, hit a button and start over again.  That is not how life works.  Another feature that many are not aware of are “cheat codes”.  These enabled you to go into the game’s guts and change anything you wanted.  My son liked to build a board on which he started with a geography that made it impossible for him to lose.  That is not how life works.

Life does give chances to start fresh but not to change the past.  When we resolve to stop eating Twinkies on January 1, we can genuinely start a new life of no Twinkies.  It does not do away with the spare tire you have equired in the last 30 years of eating Twinkies but it makes it possible to begin to dig out.

Often the baggage is still there.  What gives hope is the chance to begin unpacking the suitcases and doing the laundry from the trip.

Life is not a game.  The other side of that is that a game is not life.  In the game world you can always put it away and get back to reality.  In life you only have one go-round.

Today might be a good day to move from Candyland to Legos.  It is going to be an interesting year.  I hope to see you at the other end.

homo unius libri


  1. Happy New Year Pumice!


  2. Thank you. Blessings to you. It is going to be a wild ride.

    Grace and peace


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