GIVE THANKS TO GOD (words by Walter Farquharson)                                        

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Give thanks to God for gift of creation:
clothing and food and shelter we find,
gift of the air, earth, water and fire
strength of our bodies and sharpness of mind.

Give thanks to God for gift of salvation:
wholeness of being freedom to love,
gift of Christ’s living, dying and rising,
life for our spirits: there’s life full of love.

Give thanks to God for gift of elation:
triumph of love o’er death and despair,
courage and hope and joy in the Spirit,
we are empowered and able to care.

Give thanks to God with songs of thanksgiving:
lives are all filled with signs of God’s care,
Live as a person vibrant with new love,
reach out for others, life’s beauty to share.

Give thanks with a word,
give thanks with a song!
Give thanks by now living
with love that is strong.

Author / Composer Comments

A hymn for the Fall and Thanksgiving seasons. Walter Farquharson has pointed out that in the part of Canada which has been home for him throughout his life and ministry, it wasn’t unusual for crops not to be “safely gathered in” at the very time the calendar said we should be celebrating the abundance of harvest. In fact, although he wrote this text in the season of Thanksgiving, it also happened to be a time of personal grief and loss which emphasized the confused emotions that his neighbours who tilled and toiled often experienced at this time of celebration. ”...triumph of love o’er death and despair.”

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