Be Thankful

Come, ye thankful people, come,
raise the song of harvest home;
all is safely gathered in,
ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide
for our wants to be supplied;
come to God’s own temple, come,
raise the song of harvest home.

All the world is God’s own field,
fruit as praise to God we yield;
wheat and tares together sown
are to joy or sorrow grown;
first the blade and then the ear,
then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we
wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
and shall take the harvest home;
from the field shall in that day
all offenses purge away,
giving angels charge at last
in the fire the tares to cast;
but the fruitful ears to store
in the garner evermore.

Even so, Lord, quickly come,
bring thy final harvest home;
gather thou thy people in,
free from sorrow, free from sin,
there, forever purified,
in thy presence to abide;
come, with all thine angels, come,
raise the glorious harvest home.

Henry Alford, D.D. 1844

This song was my favorite Thanksgiving song growing up, and it still is. I love the melody. I love the words. I love the call to acknowledge our Lord as the giver of every good and perfect gift. I love the call to come before God with thanksgiving, realizing he owns it all. Every blade, every fruit.

Life today no longer looks as it looked twelve months ago. Many of us here in the States will celebrate Thanksgiving differently than we did in the past. For some of us there will be empty chairs at the table where loved ones once sat. The size of our gatherings may be reduced per Corona Virus guidelines and restrictions. Limits might be placed on what we can afford to purchase for our meal.

Yet amidst the many many changes 2020 brought, some things remain unchanged. God is in control. He loves us unconditionally. His love will last forever. Nothing can separate us from him. Though the mountains should crumble and fall into the sea, God is on his throne.

In good times and bad may his holy name be forever praised.

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Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100 (NLT)

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Give Thanks Unto the Lord

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. As we reflect on how richly we have been blessed by the Lord of heaven and earth, let us sing his praises and give him our thanks; recognizing he is the Giver of every good and perfect.

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord and pray to him,” they sang.
“Tell the peoples of the world
About his mighty doings. 

Sing to him; yes, sing his praises
And tell of his marvelous works.
Glory in his holy name;
Let all rejoice who seek the Lord.
 Seek the Lord; yes, seek his strength
And seek his face untiringly.

O descendants of his servant Abraham,
O chosen sons of Jacob,
Remember his mighty miracles
And his marvelous miracles
And his authority:
He is the Lord our God!
 Sing to the Lord, O Earth,
Declare each day that he is the one who saves!

Show his glory to the nations!
Tell everyone about his miracles.
 For the Lord is great and should be highly praised;
He is to be held in awe above all gods.
 The other so-called gods are demons,
But the Lord made the heavens.
 Majesty and honor march before him,
Strength and gladness walk beside him.

 O people of all nations of the earth,
Ascribe great strength and glory to his name!
 Yes, ascribe to the Lord
The glory due his name!
Bring an offering and come before him;
Worship the Lord when clothed with holiness!
 Tremble before him, all the earth!

The world stands unmoved.
 Let the heavens be glad, the earth rejoice;
Let all the nations say, ‘It is the Lord who reigns.’
 Let the vast seas roar,
Let the countryside and everything in it rejoice!
 Let the trees in the woods sing for joy before the Lord,
For he comes to judge the earth.
 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
His love and his kindness go on forever.

 Blessed be Jehovah, God of Israel,
Forever and forevermore.”

And all the people shouted “Amen!” and praised the Lord.

1 Chronicles 16 (TLB)

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Sunday Scriptures — Tell What God Has Done

Give thanks to the Lord. Call on his name. Make known among the nations what he has done. 1 Chronicles 16:8

Part of giving thanks, is letting others know what God has done for us. We can, and should, thank God for the wonderful things he gives us, the things he gets us through, and the things he keeps us from. But in addition to our gratitude, we should tell others about our LORD, and what he’s done.

When we find a good doctor, hairdresser, store, etc, that we know our friends would benefit from knowing about, don’t we share that information with them? Don’t we want them to experience the good we’ve found? If we’ll share the name of our doctor, shouldn’t we share what God is doing for us, just as eagerly?

Why keep the Good News to ourselves? Don’t we want others to have things from God to be thankful for?

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