Freedom

November 6:  I am thankful for…

…FREEDOM.

Freedom of religion.
Freedom of speech.
The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The right to vote.
Freedom to move between states.

This year, November 11th is IDOP (International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church).  As so many in America argue over or celebrate the results of the recent presidential election, I can’t help but think about the privileges we have here, in comparison to so many other parts of the world.  I can carry my bible in public, without camouflaging it.  I can wear a cross around my neck without fear of it being seen.  I can pray pretty much any time, any place.  I can share The Good News openly.  I can attend church services in buildings or facilities that house regular meetings.  I can sport a Jesus fish and EBC sticker on my car, without fear of backlash.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the freedoms we all have in the United States.  I ask boldly, Father, that you continue to bless our nation as we move forward under Obama’s administration.  Please guide the steps of our president, whether he acknowledges Your hand of guidance or not, and protect the United States from harm.  Jesus, I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ who are serving or living in the very darkest of places today.  May they be filled with your strength and encouragement as they press forth in areas where there are little to no freedoms, and where persecution reigns.  All this in your son’s sweet, holy name.  Amen.

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