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I am thankful for ... the bible

When bowing my head to give a prayer of thanksgiving, I will add God's word to my list of blessings. I, along with other believers in my community, have easy access to the bible and to the teachers of God's word. Unfortunately, many bibles sit on the shelf, gathering dust. While access to it is easy, we become complacent about searching out the truth that is contained inside. Perhaps, if we lived in some other countries, we would treasure Scripture.

There are many believers who don't have the blessing of reading a bible or attending a Christian church. They must meet with other believers in secret and experience fear each time there is a knock on the door. In some countries, being found with in possession of a bible can be cause for imprisonment.

The bible is currently banned or restricted in fifty countries. Christians around the world are persecuted and many fear for their lives. Persecution is defined as any hostility that Christian believers experience because of their identification with Christ. This can include hostile attitudes, word, imprisonment, and hurtful actions toward Christians.

Some governments have passed laws to contain and limit a person's faith to strictly within the confines of the home with no outside demonstration of faith. Other countries govern even what a person believes in private. They seek to ban all expression of the Christian faith, even in the home. Unbelieving friends and relatives can report Christian activity to the authorities.
What would I do if, suddenly, I was not allowed to read God�s word?
What would I do if all churches were closed or burned?

My prayer of thanksgiving.
Heavenly Father, I am grateful for your word, written in the bible. I am thankful for the freedom to worship. Remind me of how precious that freedom is so that I don't take it lightly. I pray for the safety of Christians around the world, who don't have the freedom I experience.


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