THANKSGIVING IS BEAUTIFUL
IN ITS SIMPLICITY,
IN HOW BOTH AUTUMN & HARVEST
SPEAK ETERNAL TRUTHS,
AND IN HOW ITS GREAT HYMNS,
FROM THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS
SPEAK TO OUR SOULS TRUTH.
THESE HYMNS WILL BE OUR FOCUS
AS WE TRAVEL THE ROAD TO AND THROUGH
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. What do you love about Thanksgiving and why?
3. Where will you be and how can you walk in light and love through the holiday weekend?
4. For what can you give thanks on this Sabbath day?
Monday-Tuesday: For The Beauty of The Earth
This hymn has long been a favorite of mine, one I sing biking or cross-country skiing through Peninsula Park. I remember singing it on our back porch with Steve as the sun rose over the golden aspens one Thanksgiving morn. This is a hymn that stirs my heart to be thankful, and one which Amy Shreve, a dear friend and gifted artist, does so beautifully. Amy and her husband Gary live the life: living simply so that they can share generously of their musical gifts. They have so blessed Voice of the Martyrs, my prison ministry, and churches all over the world. Amy is valiantly fighting a battle of cancer, one her mother lost, but so far, through the power and wisdom of God, has been winning. Physicians tell her there is no cure, but she is still singing, still praising God “for the wonder of each hour.” Prepare your heart with this:
5. What stands out to you from the above and why?
6. Meditate on the lyrics and make them personal to your own life, giving thanks for something specific.
For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies
A. Give thanks beauty in your area and be specific.
For the love which from our birth over and around us lies
B. Give thanks for the love you experienced from your heavenly Father or earthly parents
Friends on earth and friends above
C. Give thanks for “a friend above” and explain why you are thankful for this person.
For Thy Church that evermore, lifteth holy hands above
D. Give thanks for your local church or the invisible Church, being specific.
For Thyself, best gift divine, To our race so freely given;
For that great, great love of Thine, Peace on earth and joy in heaven
E. Give thanks for what the love of Christ means to you and be specific.
Wednesday: Abide With Me (Day 31 of Giving Thanks)
Though this might not seem like a Thanksgiving hymn, I chose it because family gatherings aren’t always easy, and we need Him to give us the love, strength, and grace we need. Some of you are missing parents or loved ones that were with you last year but have left this earth. Watch this and make it your prayer, especially for tomorrow:
7. What stands out to you from the above hymn and why?
8. As you prepare your heart for tomorrow, whatever joys or difficulties you may face, for what do you want to ask your Father? (He promises to give wisdom if we ask.)
9. For what do you want to thank Him?
Thanksgiving Day and Friday: Come Ye Thankful People, Come
Luci Shaw said “God has given us two great books: Creation and the Bible, and they speak of one another. This hymn does it so well, Prepare your heart with this:
10. Reflecting on the history of that first Thanksgiving, we surely have it easier than they did. They were giving thanks for surviving, when so many of their number had not. Yet still, we can be thankful, as Renee was last week, for her furnace working. Give thanks now for any provision you have to face this winter.
11. Meditate on the 2nd verse of this hymn — and then share how nature foreshadow eternal truths.
All the world is God’s own field, Fruit unto His praise to yield.
Wheat and tares together sown, Unto joy or sorrow grown.
First the blade and then the ear, Then the full corn shall appear:
Lord of harvest, grant that we Wholesome grain and pure may be.
12. Can you see any spiritual growth in your heart or the hearts of your loved ones this year? If so, share and give thanks.
13. Now pray for yourself and your loved ones, that you may be “wholesome grain and pure may be.”
14. Share any specific ways the Lord has worked in your heart during our 31 days of thanks.
Next Sunday we will prepare for our Advent Series.
Hope to see you right here!