Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Steph was just talking about this hymn a few days ago in the Quiet Life comment section. We sing it regularly at our church and it is one of my favorites.

Listen and sing along here.

"This song of praise was originally written in 1597 to celebrate a Dutch victory."

We Gather Together
Adrianus Valerius

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!


by Edgar Albert Guest

Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice,
An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice;
An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they
Are growin’ more beautiful day after day;
Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men,
Buildin’ the old family circle again;
Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.

Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all.
Father’s a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin’ our stories as women an’ men.

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there.
Home from the east land an’ home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We’ve come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank,
Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank.

Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.


Happy Thanksgiving my friends!


stephseef said...

Janet - last night I saw a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special that I had never seen, about the Mayflower's trip across the ocean... have you seen it??? I thought it was great! Those original Peanuts classics are always clever AND manage to weave scripture in without being cheesy. I love it!

We're just home from our tryptophan feast with friends in town... after spending the morning at urgent care with my 3 year old who has strep. ah, life with littles... :) she did GREAT at the meal. God has been so good to us... such grace.

Blessings to you and your beloveds!

Dana said...

Nice *guest* poem :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
And I wanted to add, that I also sleep with the boss, and it does have it's perks. Honey, if you want dinner tonight, I have to leave early. Honey, the dog needs to go to the vet, so I will be in late. Sleeping with the boss works in this house!
Kris Schwarz