Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hymn of the Week

The hymn of the week for this week is For The Beauty of the Earth. (Words can be found here, although I did not know there was a sixth verse.) This hymn was written by Folliot Sandford Pierpoint as a poem intended for Communion Services in the Anglican Church. Now it is usually considered a Thanksgiving Hymn, although it isn't yet Canadian Thanksgiving.

It is a rare hymn in that it is devoted solely to giving thanks. In the original version the last line was "Christ, Our God, to Thee we raise / This our sacrifice of praise." How often do we give thanks? This hymn challenges us to appreciate all we have and to be thankful to God who has blessed us with everything. As the author of my book points out ironically, "The more we have the less thankful we are." Take time today to give thanks.

And on that note, I give thanks for my family. You get a few pictures today because Sam took the pictures of Rachel above and the one below.

1 comment:

  1. Awww, I think you have a budding photographer on your hands. Great shots, Sam! I love the kids' sweaters and tights and warmer clothes. I can't wait to get those on my kids soon. Here's to cooler weather! :-)


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