Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday Hymn

Count Your Blessings
Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1856-1922
(#370 in "Great Hymns of the Faith")

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.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

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.


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
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.


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.


Having just celebrated Thanksgiving here in the States, many of us have spent some time thinking about our many blessings and practicing the habits of thankfulness and gratefulness. My earnest prayer, for myself, for my family, and for anyone who reads this, is that we would make these habits regular habits. Oh, what a change in demeanor we would see in ourselves and in our children, if we could truly keep in the forefront of our minds the many things we have to the thankful for. The 'woe is me' attitudes would drop by the wayside, the 'that's not fair' griping would be seen for the petty thought that it is, the 'if only's and 'I wish I had's would cease, and they would be replaced with a new attitide, a better attitude, one of the best attitudes.

*One of my favorite versions of this song, and the one that still plays in my head every time I hear or we sing this hymn, is from the old Jason & the G-Men album "G" as in Men... of course, it was even better live, back in the day...



Blogger Jeanne said...

I have really enjoyed reading about all the various ways that my American bloggy friends celebrate Thanksgiving over the past few days. I think that the opportunity you have to 'Count our Blessings' even once a year is such a valuable tradition.

Your challenge to keep it alive all the rest of the year is the hard bit though, isn't it?

I'm going away from here inspired.

November 29, 2009 at 4:11 PM  

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