Happy Thanksgiving

Years ago I remember learning to sing at Thanksgiving the following Dutch hymn which was written around 1600 I believe.  Sadly, you — or at least I — don’t hear it much any more. I still like it and share the words with you.

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to his name, He forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, all glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

Another song which is appropriate at this time of year was written, I believe, by the McGruders. The chorus of it is:

Thanks, thanks, I give you thanks
For all You’ve done
I am so blessed, my soul has found rest
Oh, Lord, I give You thanks.

Today is a good day to reflect on our blessings and offer thanks for them.  Another old song exhorts us to:

Count your blessings, Name them one by one.
Count your blessings, See what God hath done.
Count your blessings, Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings, And it will surprise you what God hath done.

Among the blessings I’m counting this year are my health, my family, my home, my church, my friends both near and far, the work I’ve been given to do, the mini-vacations I’ve taken, and the library with its free computers.

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One Response to Happy Thanksgiving

  1. fillyjonk says:

    That first hymn…last Sunday, walking down the hall to the sanctuary after Sunday School, the choir was rehearsing it (they sang it in service that day). It made me smile because it’s one of my old favorites.

    They also often do “count your blessings,” either as a sort of call-and-response between two singers or with a quartet, or have the whole congregation sing it.

    I also like “Now thank we all our God,” which, if I remember correctly, is one Martin Luther wrote the music for.

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