Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Witness: Don Schober
Scripture: Mathew 18:20
Weekly Theme: Proclaim
Like many people, I traveled a great deal in my profession. I have also been blessed with the opportunity to travel with my wife Judy and occasionally with the family at large.
Throughout the years, I have managed to spend time in all 50 states and visit or work in 33 countries.
In many cases, I visited some of the most iconic cathedrals in Europe and the U.S.
It seemed odd that in some of these churches, their primary existence appeared to be more as a museum than a functioning church where people worshiped, and the community flourished through God’s word.
Then I went to China. Over time, I learned how fortunate we all are to be able to worship so freely and not be under the watchful eyes of a government that monitors Christian beliefs and how people worship.
While Christian Churches can be found in many larger cities, less than 4.5% of the population identifies themselves as Christian. My friends and professional colleagues would tell me about small worship services they were hosting and that I was welcome to join with them.
There was even a baptism that took place in someone’s home in the family bathtub.
During that time, I decided my daily prayer would become one of gratitude.
My Daily Prayer: Heavenly Father, I give you thanks for my salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I give thanks for my faith, the freedom to worship freely, and my family. I give thanks for the many blessings you have bestowed on us as a family, church, and country. Amen
Wherever 2-3 are gathered in my name, I will be present with you”.Mathew 18:20
- How does freedom of choice impact your ability to worship?
- What risks would you be willing to take to share God’s word?
- How do we ensure that all Christians maintain their ability to witness God’s grace in this changing world?