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, October 2, 2023

Opus 2023-236: Dark Thoughts: A Time for Hope

I was out on the porch, enjoying creation, by about 4:15.  It is amazing how quiet it can get in the hill country of Texas.  An occasional car would pass by on the nearby road but there were long stretches when I could hear nothing man produced.  It was about 75̊ and the atmosphere was still shedding heat so it would be going down to about 72 before the sun came up and started the heat cycle again.

A thin crescent moon had risen above the horizon and was beginning to disappear into the low clouds as it ran from the sun around the corner.  One of my eyes was caught by a star piercing the oak canopy.  I played around looking for it with my other eye and I was reminded of how few stars I tended to see, even in the darkness of the country.  It is amazing how the light pollution can overwhelm the display I know is up there.  I can see the glow of a town twenty miles away but very little of the twinkle, twinkle little star.

I could not see the glory of creation because of the evidence of civilization.  What a testimony to our times.

It is possible that scientists locked in their labs and English teachers surrounded by their shelves of books are missing an important ingredient for understanding the music of the spheres.  Ancient man could look up and see the splendor of the heavens.  It would cause him to think about what was beyond him.  It would humble him.  I can remember being in the Sierra Nevada mountains, far from civilization and looking at the sky.  It was awe inspiring.  Stars seemed to be multiplying as I watched.  I could even trace the Milky Way.  Add to that an awareness of the trees densely populating the surrounding miles and it is possible to get a more accurate picture of the universe than you could ever get through a microscope.

Modern technology has done a lot to improve our health and security.  I don’t want to go back to the days before air conditioning and dental anesthesia.  I don’t go out and sit on the porch on those morning when it is still 80̊ outside.  It has also deadened our perception of the bigger realities.  In many cases it has totally isolated people from the glory around them.  They are so impressed with the works of man that they are shielded from being inspired by the works of God.  It always amazes me the things that impress people on You Tube clips.  They  need to get out more.

It is probably a testimony to why so many in our times are turning away from God and what He has to say.  I would suggest that when they get desperate and depressed it would be more fruitful to look to what He has to say about meaning and truth.  Meanwhile, if you are one of those who marvels at the imagination of the Creator, keep on enjoying and rejoicing.  When someone asks you how it’s going, don’t just say, “Fine.”  Say something like, “Did you see the sunrise God designed this morning?  This are glorious.”

Share the hope that is in you.

homo unius libri

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