Friday, November 21, 2008

A holiday we celebrate to reflect on all God has blessed us with this past year. 
 This song says it well, its an old hymn but a good one. The lyrics are worth reading.

Come, ye thankful people, come,
raise the song of harvest home!
All is safely gathered in, 
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come;
Raise the song of harvest home!

We ourselves are 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;
Grant, O harvest Lord, that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take the harvest home;
From His field shall in that day
All offences purge away,
Giving angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast;
But the fruitful ears to store
in the garner evermore.

Then, thou Church triumphant come,
Raise the song of harvest home!
All be safely gathered in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
in God's garner to abide;
Come, ten thousand angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest Home!

Written by Henry Alford, 1844, often sung to the tune of St. George's, Windsor by George Job Elvey

May your have family and friends at table this year, blessing God together, sharing life and love.

Hugs from my heart to your hearth,

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