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Gather

This weekend, while enjoying the sunny weather and beautiful blue skies with my family in preparation for Easter Sunday, I kept encountering a word that I couldn’t seem to shake. The word showed up everywhere--in various stores, seamlessly sewn onto decorative pillows, plastered across wooden pallets, painted on canvases, and scrubbed on to sudsy soap dispensers.


“Gather”


This word followed me-- echoing thoughtfully throughout my weekend and meeting me in the craziest of places.


“Gather”


The word was a reassurance of the community and life that happens when a group of individuals come together. The gathering of the community and the support of community is gift I am extremely grateful for at this moment. God has recently shown me his tremendous love, grace, and mercy through the community of people who are gathered around me. I am so incredibly blessed to have such amazing friends, family, and co-workers who love and value me for me and are quick to gather and help when needed. A simple smile, hug, kind word, or act of service goes such a long way. I didn’t have my eye on community before as much as I do now. However, whether it takes a tragedy or a blessing I’m grateful for the highlighting of those who gather around in love and laughter.


“Gather” is a word that reminds me of Matthew 18:20: “For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them”. I am reminded that in community is life, love, and God. And that for me is all I need. Where or who is your community? How do they “gather” in times of love and in times of tragedy? What can you do to further support and build this community?



Thankfully,

Tianna


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