Thursday, November 23, 2017

Towne: Lord, I am glad

Thursday, November 23, 2017
    Commemoration of Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c.100
    Thanksgiving (U.S.)
    Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    —Ephesians 5:19-20 (NIV)
Lord, I am glad for the great gift of living,
Glad for Thy days of sun and of rain;
Grateful for joy, with an endless thanksgiving,
Grateful for laughter—and grateful for pain.

Lord, I am glad for the young April’s wonder,
Glad for the fulness of long summer days;
And now when the spring and my heart are asunder,
Lord, I give thanks for the dark autumn ways.

Sun, bloom, and blossom, O Lord, I remember,
The dream of the spring and its joy I recall;
But now in the silence and pain of November,
Lord, I give thanks to Thee, Giver of all!
    ... Charles Hanson Towne (1877-1949), The Speaker: a quarterly magazine v. IV, n. 13-16, Pearson Brothers, 1910, p. 200 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 5:19-20; Ps. 19:1; Isa. 34:1; 63:7; Phil. 4:6; Col. 1:11-12; 3:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, compose my heart in thanksgiving.

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