May 28

I hereby command you; be strong and courageous. Joshua 1:9

Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Matthew 10:28 

I have a question, why do we go to church? Ok, that’s probably not the best way to start out a daily devotion but it’s something I think about once in awhile. What is the purpose of being a part of a congregation? What are we trying to accomplish by gathering together on Sunday morning? How will our lives be any better as a result of singing, taking communion, visiting with our friends, and of course, listening to the sermons? After all, if there is no point in being there than you really have to wonder why we bother getting up early on a weekend, putting on uncomfortable clothes and spending a couple of hours with people that you might not normally see in a typical week. If our lives are not changed for the better then it’s just a couple of hours that you’ll never get back in your life. 

Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but I go to church and participate to recharge. I go to church in order to worship God through song and prayer. I go to church to see my brothers and sisters in Christ, to be a part of their lives, to help one another and to be helped when I am down. I go to church to take communion because I need to be reminded each and every week about the price that Jesus paid to rescue me from my sins. And I come to hear a sermon so that I can grow in the Lord by having the Bible explained to me in such a way that I can apply the principles of God’s word to my daily life. In a nutshell, I come to church to find the strength that I need to live as a Christian in a world that is very complicated. And trust me, I need that strength. 

Lord, with you as captain of my journey, I can walk with confidence in your saving grace. Sometimes my heart sings out, encouraged by the power and strength that you give me. But when my heart fails, Lord, remind me of your presence. For I know if you are with me, there is nothing I need to fear. Amen. 

Peace,

Susan Hanson 

p.s. My apologies if you have read this before. It is one of my favorites and I didn’t have a new one prepared.