Sunday, November 18, 2007

Hymn of the Week: Thanks to God

As we have Thanksgiving coming up this week, it seems appropriate to choose a hymn which reminds and encourages us to give "Thanks to God" for all of the many things He has done for us. So many other songs do this also (Count Your Blessings came to mind a couple days ago).

The words were written by the Swede August L. Storm and translated to English by Carl E. Backstrom in 1931.

Whether you are familiar with the words or not, read them slowly and meditate on them. Give thanks for all God has given you.

Thanks to God

Thanks to God for my Redeemer,
Thanks for all Thou dost provide!
Thanks for times now but a memory,
Thanks for Jesus by my side!
Thanks for pleasant, balmy springtime,
Thanks for dark and stormy fall!
Thanks for tears by now forgotten,
Thanks for peace within my soul!

Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,
Thanks for what Thou dost deny!
Thanks for storms that I have weathered,
Thanks for all Thou dost supply!
Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure,
Thanks for comfort in despair!
Thanks for grace that none can measure,
Thanks for love beyond compare!

Thanks for roses by the wayside,
Thanks for thorns their stems contain!
Thanks for home and thanks for fireside,
Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain!
Thanks for joy and thanks for sorrow,
Thanks for heav’nly peace with Thee!
Thanks for hope in the tomorrow,
Thanks through all eternity!

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