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To You and Yours
Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear readers, if you haven’t yet, we warmly encourage you to take the time today to read over Adam Garfinkle’s wonderful essay on the occasion, posted earlier today (and not behind the paywall!): “Tolerance, Forgiveness and Gratitude“.

And as the rest of the team takes a breather and gets together with family and loved ones, we’ve collected some songs which we think are expressive of the holiday.

First up, a performance of part of a Bach cantata that features the music from a famous hymn: “Now Thank We All Our God.” Lyrics below.

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 blessèd 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.

Next up, the black gospel version of a hymn popularized by Ira Sankey, the singer who worked with the great 19th century evangelist D.L. Moody.


  1. When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
    When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
    Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

    • Refrain:
      Count your blessings, name them one by one,
      Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
      Count your blessings, name them one by one,
      *Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
      [*And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.]
  2. Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
    Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
    Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
    And you will keep singing as the days go by.
  3. When you look at others with their lands and gold,
    Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
    Count your many blessings—*money cannot buy [*wealth can never buy]
    Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
  4. So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
    Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
    Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
    Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

*Alternate text.

And finally, the classic Thanksgiving hymn, “We Gather Together”.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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  • Corlyss

    Nice selection, prof.
    Happy T’day, everyone. Now to my traditional Thanksgiving corned beef sandwich and football till my eyes bleed . . . I’m sure this year the Lions will beat the Bears . . .

    • FriendlyGoat

      Happy T’day to you too, Corlyss,

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