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  • Writer's pictureLinda Thomson

Gather In

(photo credit - French Country Cottage)

“During your journey you’ll ramble and roam. But sooner or later, you’ll long for your home.”

Wherever You Go by Pat Zietlow Miller

As refreshing as it is to see the gentle brushstrokes of the Lord in the landscapes, people and adventures as we travel, our thoughts eventually return to the comforts of home. So settle in as we GATHER IN!

"Remember His marvelous works which He has done..."

I Chronicles 16:12

"The Lord created celebrations, reminders, customs, and traditions to teach His children about His character and to create reminders for their hearts so as the years passed they would always remember His might, His faithfulness, and where He had led them. We can do just that in our families as well."

Brooke Kinabrew

Traditions, I don't know why but they bring me comfort. We intentionally create and continue traditions because they provide a sense of belonging and meaning to our lives. Family traditions give us a feeling of connectedness and they ground us. Whether it's Grandma's famous macaroni salad or my husband's amazing turkey, stuffing and gravy my heart is full when we're all together gathered around the table.

Each Thanksgiving I would make a list of those who would be joining us and what they'd be bringing for dinner. Through some unintentional scribblings on my kitchen notepads over the years I have a journal of sorts, a timeline of who joined us for Thanksgiving and what they brought. For some reason I just began putting them in the back of my recipe box instead of tossing them and now I treasure them. Also each year I pull out place cards that our daughter had written Bible verses on and put at each place setting one Thanksgiving. All these years later I love seeing her handwriting! And one year I set out a guest book for all to sign. Now it holds years and years of well wishes and thanks from family and friends... treasures... traditions.

For some of you the holidays will never look the same, for others we will add a few more chairs and welcome new family and friends. Whatever it looks like trust there will be joy in the gathering as old traditions are enjoyed and new ones are made!

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