Memorial Day was this past Monday, so it seems appropriate to pause and reflect on all those who have fought and died to preserve freedom at home and abroad. I think especially of our freedom to worship as we please. But with this freedom comes comes choices. Psalm 33:12 reminds us: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” And a little further into this Psalm David reminds us: “There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy”
Let us remember in prayer today those who have given their lives to preserve our unique freedoms, and to their families.
Pray also for those around the world who are persecuted for their faith. Open Doors ministry has some startling statistics: over 300 Christians are killed monthly for their faith, and over 200 churches and Christian properties are destroyed. 1 Cor. 12:26 affirms that we are one body. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
Finally, pray for Good News and its ministries, especially the Womens ministry which got off to a great start last month with their IF Dinner and will continue emphasizing hospitality and fellowship with IF Tables over the summer.
Have a blessed week, and don’t forget “First Thursday Prayer” is tomorrow night at 7:00pm in the Chapel.