Woe is me.
Or at least woe used to be me. In the midst of my attitude of thanksgiving I was reminded that I have not always been this way. It is embarrassing to say that as I look back over the blessings of my life I see large patches of ignoring those blessings. What I have to say is in the spirit of memoir rather than judgement.
I have had times of wallowing in my woe. I think that a psychologist would say I was struggling with depression and he would be half right. I was depressed but I was wallowing rather than struggling. For me there was a certain self-satisfaction in feeling sorry for myself. Do you remember when you went through the stage of losing your baby teeth? One of the things I remember was that sensation when a tooth would be ready to come out. It would be loose but not loose enough. I found that if I wiggled it with my tongue there was a sensation that I would classify as “pain” but it was a pleasant pain. So I would wiggle it again. Eventually my mother would catch on and find a way to encourage it exiting from my mouth. The one tooth she did not find out about came out so late that the replacement grew out crooked.
My depression was like that. It hurt. I enjoyed it. I was able to blame everyone else while feeling self-righteous. Fortunately I managed to get out of it. How? With the worship of praise and thanksgiving. It is hard to feel sorry for yourself when you are focused on the glory of God. It is hard to miss your blessings when He expands your vision.
I still toy with the fun of wallowing but not for long. Each morning when I say, “Good morning, Lord” I find Him waiting for me. If I have been wallowing I can see Him shaking His head. Then He reminds me of my grandchildren or the people who worked to bring my morning coffee or, well, the list goes on. Enjoying my blessings is much better than tales of woe.
So I rejoice in a world that had someone decide that a recliner was great for sitting and multiple translations of the Bible were windows to the joy of eternity.
I hope you can join me.
homo unius libri
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, February 5, 2023
Opus 2023-044: Woe! And Again I Say, Woe!
Woe is me.