Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!



We plow the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand;
He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine, and soft, refreshing rain.

All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above,
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all His love.


He only is the Maker of all things near and far;
He paints the wayside flower, He lights the evening star;
The winds and waves obey Him, by Him the birds are fed;
Much more, to us His children, He gives our daily bread.

All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above,
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all His love.


We thank Thee, then, O Father, for all things bright and good,
The seed time and the harvest, our life, our health, our food;
No gifts have we to offer, for all Thy love imparts,
But that which Thou desirest: our humble, thankful hearts.

All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above,
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all His love.


You don't have to feel comfortable with an anachronistic patriarchal language of worship, or even with an anthropomorphic personification and projection of the divine principle, to be thankful for our participation in and dependence upon the Source of all existence.

But it makes the poetry a lot easier.

3 Comments:

At November 23, 2006 at 9:19:00 PM EST, Blogger Adam Tierney-Eliot said...

And Happy Thanksgiving to you Fausto. Stay Dry!

 
At November 27, 2006 at 1:25:00 PM EST, Blogger PeaceBang said...

It also makes for a great song from "Godspell!"

:0)

Happy Thanksgiving, Fausto!

 
At November 27, 2006 at 10:58:00 PM EST, Blogger fausto said...

Thanks and back atcha, youse guys.

IMHO, Stephen Schwartz may have bested the traditional Old 124th for "Turn Back, O Man", but these lyrics demand to be sung to "Wir Pfluegen".

 

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