2020 has been a difficult year. Worldwide, the corona virus pandemic has raged causing numerous deaths and shutting down economies in countries around the world. Countless lives have been disrupted. No one has escaped the effects of this virus.
In the United States, there has been division and unrest among the populace. Many cities experienced riots with burning and looting. The Western half of the country was ravished by wildfires.
Yet in the midst, God tell us to “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
So, today, Thanksgiving 2020, I invite you to give thanks. God is still good. His love, mercy, and grace still flow from his thrown to all inhabitants of earth.
I think the words of this old hymn “We Lift Our Hearts in Thanks Today” by Percival A. Chubb, is appropriate for this season.
We lift our hearts in thanks today
For all the gifts of life;
And first, for peace that turns away
The enemies of strife;
And next, the beauty of the earth,
Its flowers and lovely things,
The spring’s great miracle of birth,
With sound of songs and wings;
Then, harvests of its teeming soil
In orchard, croft and field;
But more, the service and the toil
Of those who helped them yield;
And most, the gifts of hope and love,
Of wisdom, truth and right,
The gifts that shine like stars above
To chart the world by night.
As we receive, so let us give,
With ready, generous hand,
Rich fruitage from the lives we live
To bless our home and land.
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