Advent 2021

Witness: Tuesday, December 28, 2021

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 

Discussion/Reflection Questions: 

  1. How does freedom of choice impact your ability to worship? 
  2. What risks would you be willing to take to share God’s word? 
  3. How do we ensure that all Christians maintain their ability to witness God’s grace in this changing world?

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