Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Why Gather and Glean?

Gather and Glean may seem like an odd title for a website devoted to hearing God's voice in the world around us, but I can tell you, a lot of thought went into this. For several weeks now, maybe even months, I've had the idea to start the site but could not come up with a catchy name that summed up all that I felt the site should be. I went back and forth on a few names, but whenever I had someone else offer me feedback, well let's just say it wasn't positive.

Then, it came to me. Not in some heavenly voice from behind a white light or out of a burning bush, but through my thought process I landed on the word Glean. Thankfully, (now anyway) Glean was already taken as a blog title and I needed something else. After trying more combinations, I really liked the new name and here's why.

Gather has multiple meanings and I like that so many apply to what the site is about:

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary -

1. to collect or accumulate (as in the posted content - music, book reviews, movies, devotions)

2. to reach a conclusion often intuitively from hints or through inferences (what we do with the information posted)

3. to come together as a group (I hope lots of you will continue to visit the site and share in the comments)

And Glean is defined -

1. to learn, discover, or find out, usually little by little or slowly.

For me, that sums it all up. This will be a place where we can come together, share in the collected content, and slowly open our eyes and ears to what God is saying to each and every one of us.

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