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.

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Opus 2023-317: Dark Thoughts: A Place to Start

What a glorious time of year this is.  It is a perfect fit for reflection, meditation and contemplating today and tomorrow.  Don’t waste it.

I was in a discussion of Christmas and how we respond to it with a group of older men who claim Jesus as Lord.  In spite of that the general tone was not bright and shiny.  How typical this is when the holidays come around.  People expect some magic elixir that will transform their situation.  I will admit that I am blessed with family in the area who see each other regularly and enjoy each other.  That is a blessing that I thank God for on a regular basis.

But the blessing starts closer to home.  I can’t wait for Thanksgiving dinner to be over so I can put on the Christmas music.  I admit, much of that is based on memories of Christmas.  I remember Christmas programs and the joys associated with them.  I remember the years I would load up my dad’s truck with friends and we would go around singing carols to everyone we could think of.  I remember glorious times.  So Christmas music starts with the anticipation of memories.  

The memories are augmented by the theology of Christmas:  Emmanuel, God with us.  Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.  That is what makes the season so special.  I can’t think about Christmas without considering this,

(Php 2:5-8 KJV)  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Okay, the price of Christmas trees has gone through the roof and they don’t live as long as they used to.  Materialism is rampant.  Your kid did not get the lead in the Christmas program.  There was no Christmas program.  And yet,
(Joh 1:14 KJV)  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Christmas merry.  It starts in your heart.

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