It’s Sunday. Yep. That’s the day that you may go to church if you want to. I say “you” because I have to go to church – I’m getting paid to go, you might say! But for others reading this, you have the opportunity to go to church today.
In some places, people are forced to participate in religion, whether they want to or not. In other places, people are forbidden to practice their religion. We have the freedom to choose.
That means that we are free to go to church. Today and every Sunday. There is no one stopping us from being part of the community, enjoying the music, experiencing the prayers, being with the caring people, having our values nurtured, having our spirits fed, and feeling rooted and grounded in love. This is always available to us. Each and every week. And there is no law or authority to prevent us from participating in church.
There is also nothing to stop us from offering our generous support to the ministry of the church as it feeds us and the world. We can give as much time and money to the church as we choose. There are no barriers or limitations imposed by an outside authority on our giving to the church.
There is also no limit placed on our ability and our capacity to serve. No one can stop us from offering a smile or a kind word. No one can make us stop praying in our hearts. No one can prevent us from writing a letter and expressing our views or joining in a demonstration. Because we know that serving is more than helping one individual person in some way. It is also about changing the institutional arrangements that create and perpetuate need.
I am so very thankful that it is Sunday and there is nothing stopping us from fully expressing of our faith today and every day!
Looking ahead, make sure to plan to be in church for The BIG Event on Sunday November 18. Come and share the harvest!
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16