Kentuckians are More Religious than Most
The Pew Research Center’s most recent Religious Landscape study ranks all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia according to four common measures of religious observance: worship attendance, prayer frequency, belief in God and the importance of religion. According to this latest survey Kentucky is the 13th most religious state. Sixty-three percent of Kentucky residents say religion is very important in their life. Thirty-nine percent attend worship services at least weekly. Sixty-three percent pray daily and seventy-five percent believe in God with absolute certainty. Alabama is the most religious state while Massachusetts is the least religious state.
The Power of Weakness
In Tramp for the Lord, Corrie ten Boom describes traveling to Russia during the Cold War — when
Christians were being persecuted — to thank an old woman who’d been secretly translating Christian books
(including ten Boom’s). Ravaged by multiple sclerosis, the woman could move only an index finger. Yet
with it she typed constantly, translating words while praying for people who’d eventually read them.
Ten Boom’s reaction was, “Oh Lord, why don’t you heal her?” But the woman’s husband said God had a
purpose in his wife’s suffering. Although the secret police closely watched other Christians, they left this
woman alone, assuming she couldn’t accomplish anything.
Jesus works through our weaknesses, making his power perfect in them (see 2 Corinthians 12:9). He
doesn’t ask if we’re capable — only if we’re willing.
But What About Here?
At age 4, Anna was starting to make sense of prayer. Her parents had been praying
with her since birth, but now her developing cognitive and language skills caused her
to really ponder what prayer meant for her.
One night, after tucking her into bed and leaving the room, Anna’s dad heard her
voice. He paused outside the door to see if she needed something. But she was
speaking to her heavenly Father: “Dear God,” Anna prayed, “when is the best time
for me to talk to you? I mean, Mama and Daddy say I can pray anytime, and I know
you’re always listening. But when will you be listening especially hard in
—Adapted from The Children’s God, David Heller
Your morning shower can do more that cleanse your body. Retired Pastor Norman Neaves takes time to remember his baptism daily. “As the water is pouring down on me, I reach up and get water all over my hand. Then I close my eyes and make the sign of the cross on my forehead. ‘I have been baptized in Christ,’ I say to myself quietly. ‘This day belongs to him. I am called to be Jesus’ representative whatever I am doing and wherever I might go. Give me the grace, Lord, to represent you well and with integrity.’”