Similar conversations have taken place in many households. For the last several weeks, maybe earlier, many mothers or grandmothers have discussed, debated, detailed and demanded the specifics for the Thanksgiving Menu. Nothing is left to chance: the turkey or ham, everyone knows who is preparing it; the side dishes, each person will produce their specialty and the desserts are often what the cook likes the best.

Everyone knows the place, everyone knows the time and everyone knows the significance. Most will be present but a few will not be able to make it and they will be missed sorely. It is work, but it is a labor of love; it is “pressure” on the cooks, but when the meal has been consumed it was enjoyable for all. It is a time for family to be together: to reminisce; to tell the same ole’ stories; to laugh; to love and to grow closer.

These gatherings will be successful because of the preparations put into them; because of the efforts made by every individual; because of the desire each one has to be together; because of the love of the family, those who were there before and those who are there presently.

There are those who would never consider missing the family gathering and are appalled when others are not present. Their tenacity may be driven by a sense of tradition, family, responsibility, obligation or love. Their loyalty may be to a parent, grandparent, spouse or child and for them to miss the gathering would be to besmirch their memory.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-7).

As the family of God, it is wonderful that we have the opportunities to come together. We prepare ourselves for the gatherings and feast upon the word of God in worship and we have times of fellowship separate from the worship. The word “together” is found 136 times in the New Testament of the King James Version. No, not all of the times are used in reference to the church but many are. Many times the word is used to describe the gathering together of the saints to worship God. Other times the word is used to describe the gathering of the saints to exhort and encourage one another and to serve God.

Christians are described as being “together with Christ”, together with one another and finally, together in Heaven. Let us take advantage of the opportunities to be together on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights and Wednesday nights; let us come to gather on our “family fun” nights and let us prepare to be together eternally.





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