200. For flowers that bloom about our feet; for tender grass, so fresh, so sweet; for song of bird, and hum of bee; for all things fair we hear or see, Father in heaven, we thank Thee! ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace,
the celebration of work and the simple life. . .
a true folk-festival that speaks
the poetry of the turn of the seasons,
the beauty of seedtime and harvest,
the ripe product of the year –
and the deep, deep connection
of all these things to God.
~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)

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At the beginning of time the Lord set the wheels in motion for the making of continual banquets for man and creature alike.  And so in light of His abundant provisions and as the Canticle of Creation plays on, it is time to pause and give thanks to our gracious Benefactor.  The year is drawing to its appointed end and before it sinks into winter, the Sabbath of the year, we must look around and take stock of the Lord’s never-ending activity in Creation and be thankful for the constancy of His love and beneficent involvement in each of our lives.  W. J. Cameron said, “. . .a thankful heart hath a continual feast,” and so with beholden hearts, let us give praise and thanks for our Heavenly Father, His Grace, and His goodness.  I pray that this be a blessed time of thanksgiving for all of you and those you love; may all the roads you travel be, now and forever, filled with grace and peace and love.

If I have enjoyed
the hospitality of the Host of the universe,
Who daily spreads a table in my sight,
surely I cannot do less
than acknowledge my dependence.
~G. A. Johnston Ross

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.  ~Psalm 100:4  ✝

10 thoughts on “200. For flowers that bloom about our feet; for tender grass, so fresh, so sweet; for song of bird, and hum of bee; for all things fair we hear or see, Father in heaven, we thank Thee! ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    • Thank you, Amelia. I’ve ready a quite a few posts today about Thanksgiving and have had lots of comments on my Facebook page about it. So, I don’t think things are changing here at least I hope not because there is a huge segment of society in this country that have much, much, much to be thankful for. As always, you are on my list of people to be thankful for, my friend. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

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      • …and I am exceedingly grateful for your friendship too, Natalie. Since writing that comment, I have seen quite a few Thanksgiving posts. I must have been a bit early. I also asked because here in England, (obviously Thanksgiving doesn’t exist) so many now think Christmas is about something else. Dare I say, they have no idea what the true meaning of Christmas is and as a result celebrate only by spending oodles of money (their true God!!) on things they probably don’t need. There, for some, Christmas ends! 😦

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      • Ya know, it really should be celebrated everywhere because there are peoples and cultures all over the globe that have things for which to be thankful. It is very sad that Christimas has become so perverted and commercialized, and you’re right money or self is their God. Since Christ has little if anything to do with their “doings;” they might as well call it Moneymadnessmas. I hope you’ve had a great day, Amelia. It is always so good to hear from a kindred spirit. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

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