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One of the things we take for granted is our opportunity to worship in peace. While there have been incidents with lunatics walking into church buildings and opening fire, that is a relatively rare occurrence. We do not have to worship in catacombs as the early Christians did. We needn’t fear being dragged into an arena to be consumed by lions. We are free to worship every week. If you’ve read about Corrie Ten Boom or Dietrich Bonhoeffer, you know that during World War II, they were locked in concentration camps and prisons. It’s hard to go worship with other Christians when you are imprisoned. They still found ways to encourage and worship, but they were still isolated.
Saying we are thankful is one thing; showing we are thankful is quite another. If we regularly put off going to worship, are we thankful for the opportunity or do we take it for granted? Let’s make it our aim to be there as often as we are able.
Today, as we go before the Lord in worship, let’s do the following:
Give thanks for the opportunity to be surrounded by others who love God.
Give thanks for Jesus’ sacrifice that brings us salvation and freedom as we take the Lord’s Supper.
Give thanks for your brothers and sisters in Christ who fellowship with you.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
~ Psalm 100:4-5 ESV