Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanks Be to God!

This hymn gets to me every time we sing it in worship.  From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

For the fruits of this creation, thanks be to God;
for good gifts to every nation, thanks be to God;
for the plowing, sowing, reaping, silent growth while we are sleeping,
future needs in earth's safekeeping, thanks be to God.

In the just reward of labor, God's will is done;
in the help we give our neighbor, God's will is don;
in our world-wide task of caring for the hungry and despairing,
in the harvests we are sharing, God's will is done.

For the harvest of the Spirit, thanks be to God;
for the good we all inherit, thanks be to God;
for the wonders that astound us, for the truths that still confound us,
most of all that love is has found us, thanks be to God.

-Fred Pratt Green, 1970*

*UMH 97