It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Friday, November 13, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 13, Book 15

We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing

November 13th - love makes you thankful

We’re never so strong or mighty that we don’t need to worship. Worship-less people have no power greater than themselves to call on.

Max Lucado

I have always thought of We Gather Together as a Thanksgiving Day hymn, a harvest festival hymn.  But I found out that it was actually written near the end of the 16th century to acknowledge that turbulent past and to look to a better future. No matter where or when we worship, I think that in some way that is what we all do.  

What happens on the outside of us determines what goes on inside of us.

Thanksgiving is coming in just a few short weeks.  It's a time when many will gather for worship.  Across this great land, friends and families will gather in commemoration of all their many blessings. Families, like mine, who have endured sadness in the past, will hopefully, warmly and lovingly remember their lost loved ones and might even have a laugh or two at the wonderful memories that still persist.

Worship is a gift we offer God and a gift God offers us.

If you haven’t already, this would be a good time to start listing all the things you have to be thankful for. Write them down and post the list where you can see it. We so easily forget our blessings; it helps to have a reminder. 

Worship is a heart overflowing with praise to God


betty said...

I like that last line of what worship is. I didn't know that about the song either; I assumed it was a Thanksgiving song too. When we worship God we indeed do take the focus off of ourselves or our problems.


jack69 said...

So very true. I also like the associated graphics you picked. What a time for worship and Thanksgiving.
Love from shingletown!