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Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

November 25 WE GATHER TOGETHER Source Unknown Translation by Edward Kremser, 1838–1914 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (Colossians 4:2) Thanksgiving is not merely a day to be observed once each year; for the Christian it must be a way of daily living. No Thanksgiving Day gathering would be complete without the singing of this traditional Dutch hymn. Today we sing this hymn as an expression of thanks to God as our defender and guide throughout the past year. The text was originally written by an anonymous author at the end of the 17th century to celebrate the Dutch freedom from the Spanish overlords, who had been driven from their land. Freedom was now theirs, both politically from Spain and religiously from the Catholic church. “We Gather Together” must be understood and appreciated in its historical setting. For many years, Holland had been under the scourge of Spain, and in 1576, Antwerp was captured and sacked by the Spanish armies. Again, in 1585, it w…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Blessings From God Moms, when you’re knee deep in dirty diapers, spilled oatmeal and bedtime stories, I’m sure it is easy to be so overwhelmed by motherhood that there is no time left to think about what you want for your children or from your children when they are grown. But from the time the nurse hands you that messy bundle of joy in the hospital, one thing is for certain—there will be a time when your children will leave home. Our helpless, fragile children grow up to become students, husbands, wives, doctors, mechanics, police officers and military personnel. The day will come when parents grow to depend upon those who once depended on us. That is the cycle of life. Did you know that the first time the word “Mother” is mentioned in the bible it referred to the time when a child leaves home? Genesis 2:24 says, “For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” (NASB) Of course the subject of this text is …