It is almost Friday - and with that, another weekend; and another opportunity to link up with Kate for Five Minute Friday at http://katemotaung.com/ to write for only five minutes on a single word prompt!
Tonight's word is:
SO, here goes...
My first thought for the word "Gather" was getting together with family, as we gather around the table to share a meal. No matter what the occasion, many memories are made together; and there is, of course, always a meal!
One of the most special times we gather as family is for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner! In our family, when my children were young, we spent Thanksgiving at my mother and father's home; later, we gathered around the table at my home.
Now, my two daughters who live in the same town we do, trade off for us to gather at one of their homes. My son, who lives about 12 hours away, usually comes to visit around Christmas, so we don't always spend Thanksgiving with everyone together - but at some point everyone is gathered around the table...
Last year was an awesome exception! My son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter drove from Louisiana to Florida to spend a few days during Thanksgiving!
How awesome it was to have all of my "children" and their children with us for this special occasion!
The word gather also reminds me of the hymn we sing at church around Thanksgiving, "We Gather Together":
I love this hymn! Such beautiful words about God's blessings!
And reading these words again reminds me of yet another place where we gather for a special meal...
When we gather at the Lord's Table for the celebration of Holy Communion.
In our church - the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we gather every Sunday to partake of Communion. It is open to all believers, no matter what their background, as we share the Cup and the Loaf around the Lord's Table.
Thanks be to God for His amazing gift of love and life!