Day10: Thankful for Freedom to Worship


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This morning I was at church and was thinking about the songs of thankfulness that I’ve sung over the years with my congregations.

Good friend, Donna, created a beautiful multi-media presentation for a song, written by a friend of mine, Cindy Morgan Brouwer, called “How Could I Ask For More,” and I sang that, thankful to God for all He’s done, for getting me through hard times, and the great times, all while trying to encourage the listener to be thankful for their “moments” as well.

But something that we don’t think about that often, even while we’re in our churches worshiping on Sunday mornings, is that we take for granted the freedom we have….to worship.

As we look back throughout the history of our country, our founding fathers stood for a country that not only had freedom of speech, the right vote, the right to bear arms, the right to worship freely, and over and over we see leaders who believed in God, trusted Him for wisdom in helping them lead us, they openly prayed, all while encouraging our citizens to pray and commit to following God (in God we trust).  I love it!

Now, we are living in days where there are ups and downs in the economy.  There are ups and downs with wars and rumors of wars.  And there are uncertainties every day with issues in our natural resources (today I just heard the polar bears were out scouring the grounds looking for food, downtown a small town, instead of waiting for the water to thaw and the seals to swim in).  We can feel anxious and that’s so understandable. 

But one thing we can continue to hold fast to, is this:  we have freedom in the United States to worship freely. 

As I stood today and sang a hymn that I sang as a child, I thought about the years that have passed, and what I’ve been thankful for.

Year after year, we meet our families at Thanksgiving and we make our checklist of our dinner items.  We sit down and say how we’re thankful for our job, our home, our friends and families, and we are thankful for health.

But rarely do I remember, even as a former worship director, to thank God for the freedom to worship.  We get to read our Bibles, pray, and openly share our faith to those around us.  Not everyone is that fortunate.

This year, let’s add in that thankful prayer to God and let Him know how grateful we are that we get to worship freely.

“And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.

And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.

And I’d gladly stand up; Next to you and defend her still today,

“Cause there ain’t to doubt I love this land   God bless the USA.”…Lee Greenwood

 I am thankful for freedom to worship