It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night,
On an instrument of ten strings, On the lute, And on the harp, With harmonious sound.
For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands.
In the twilight of the morning
and the breaking of the tide
in the moments of sweet silence
or the chaos with our family
may we find within our hearts
the gift of love and thanksgiving.
When worries pile upon us
when peace has come our way
with the rush of holiday yearnings
or summer’s gentle sway
may we hear the lilting whisper
of thanksgiving’s song each day.
©26 October 2022
As I prepare to do my annual 30 Days of Thanksgiving Poems during the month of November, I want to spend time just worshiping the Lord. I feel the need to accurately prepare my heart to receive whatever words He would have me write each day of November. It’s awfully hard to give thanks in the moment when I haven’t been giving thanks in the days beforehand.
During my contemplation of how to prepare my heart, I thought it might be fun to put together a list of songs, bible readings, books, and other references that could help all of us make room for Jesus this November.
There are many, and I mean A LOT, of songs about Thanksgiving. So, I put together a quick playlist on YouTube to start us off. I made it public, and you can find it here:
Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday. But it shouldn’t be confined to one day of the year. Wrapped up in food, parades, and football or even family. Thanksgiving should be something we do every day.
When we lean into Jesus, giving Him our time and attention in thanksgiving, it can be a reliever of pain, heartache, anxiousness, and more. Philippians 4:6-7 says when we pray in thanksgiving the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will flood through us. It will guard our heart and our mind from whatever is plaguing us.
Sometimes I don’t want to pray. But if I can start singing to the Lord, it will usher me into the act of prayer. Today let’s lift our voices in praise to Him and see how different our day goes.
OH! And one more thing. I’d love to know what your favorite thanksgiving song is. If you have one, please tell me in the comments below and I’ll add it to my playlist.
From My Heart to Yours,
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Marcie, I totally agree with your comment about singing, especially singing praises. Singing to the Lord is the quickest way to lift the soul and feel God’s healing touch. Before Covid I attended a wonderful singing event at the local library called, “Get America Singing Again.” I recall earlier times when people used to gather round a piano and sing their hearts out together. In the last couple decades, singing seems to have become a spectator sport in America. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had a song on our heart and weren’t afraid to start impromptu singalongs? Thank you for your inspiring Thanksgiving blog!
Oh Lois, that would be absolutely amazing! I love to sing. There’s a man who works at our local Walmart who sings as he works out on the floor. I love hearing him sing. I wish more people would just break out in song when they feel like it. 🙂
Yes! Years ago I rode the 6:50am Express bus across the Des Moines metro area to get to work and back. Several of us started singing together daily as we rode. It added joy and value to the day!