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photo: © Monia -

photo: © Monia –

Welcome to our link to Lyrical Tuesdays.  This month I’m linking hymns that relate to Thanksgiving.  Obviously, we need to learn to use these hymns at other times as well!  They are applicable all year round.

I couldn’t find much information about this hymn except that it came from Germany.  The tune was written or strongly influenced by Felix Mendelssohn, the well known composer.  That’s about all I was able to learn.
Lyrical Grace

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

–Martin Rinkert

Reading through the words of this hymn can be a bit general in terms of what a person is thankful for.  So at this point, make some time to be more specific.  For example, it’s very easy to be generically thankful to GOD who “from our mother’s arms has blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love…” 

Now go to the next level…

Stop and list the specific things GOD has done for you since your birth…

What are the gifts of love He has given you since that time?

 Some may not have looked like blessings at the time,

but now you realize they were gifts of love from the hand of GOD.