It never ceases to amaze me how powerful words are. The word gather is on the wall of the patio of the house I stay at. One look at it tonight and it evoked so many thoughts. I thought of past people and places in which I’ve gathered. From places in Minneapolis before I was a Christian to Seattle where I went to Bible School. I then thought of friends I gathered with in homes and sanctuaries in Kansas City. I allowed my thoughts to travel to South East Asia where I gathered in mamack stalls and kopi cafe’s, to talk with friends. Then I came to where I sit right now as we prepare to gather around a camp fire and eat s’mores with friends right here on this Thursday night.
Gather, such a powerful command, invitation, call. I don’t know what you think of when you hear the word gather, but for me it always includes people. It’s no wonder Hebrews 10:23-24 says, “let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Gathering together in big or small groups is what keeps us healthy, connected and alive. I pray next time you ponder the word gather, I pray you remember all the people past and present you have gathered with. Your soul will thank you for gathering. And if you ever want to gather, you are always welcome on this patio, for in this house we love to gather.