Gather, and Give Thanks

Hallelujah! I give thanks to God with everything I’ve got— Wherever good people gather, and in the congregation. God’s works are so great, worth A lifetime of study—endless enjoyment! Splendor and beauty mark his craft; His generosity never gives out. His miracles are his memorial— This God of Grace, this God of Love. He gave food to those who fear him, He remembered to keep his ancient promise. He proved to his people that he could do what he said: Hand them the nations on a platter—a gift! He manufactures truth and justice; All his products are guaranteed to last— Never out-of-date, never obsolete, rust-proof. All that he makes and does is honest and true: He paid the ransom for his people, He ordered his Covenant kept forever. He’s so personal and holy, worthy of our respect. The good life begins in the fear of God— Do that and you’ll know the blessing of God. His Hallelujah lasts forever!

Gather, and Give Thanks.
When we gather with others do we give thanks?
Do we thank them for coming?
Do we pray before eating to Thank the Father for the gift of the people present and the food upon the table?
Gather, and Give Thanks.

God’s words and works are great.
When we study the Bible, we do receive enjoyment because it speaks breath into our bodies.
His Word strengthens our minds, and it blesses our hearts.

Our hearts fill with blessings when we open them to receive love from others, gifts from others, and the beauty of creation is accepted into our eyes.  When we pause, we gather our thoughts.  We give thanks.

We give thanks for his justice and mercy.
He judges righteously, and he pierces our hearts with guilt when we sin.
Our ability to accept and acknowledge our sins helps us gather our wits and our courage to gather with Him in prayer.
When we ask for forgiveness he graciously gives us love and erases the past so that we can gather again with him and others in love.

 p.s. Today’s post is a part of a Five Minute Friday link up at Kate Motaung’s website.  I look forward to attending the first FMF retreat in August 2015 in Nashville, TN!  It will be nice to gather with fellow bloggers and meet them in person.

4 thoughts on “Gather, and Give Thanks

  1. Hi Jennifer – I’m impressed by how you ‘gathered’ your thoughts and were able to write so much in such a short time. Great post. Also enjoyed reading your bio in the sidebar. I’m new to Five-Minute Fridays and look forward to participating regularly 🙂


    1. Susan,
      I confess…I plan for a bit then write for 5 minutes. It takes me another 5-15 minutes to edit and add a picture. It takes practice. I’ve been doing this for over a year! 🙂 Jenn


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