Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving
you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with
plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.
Acts 14:17 (NIV)
I found this hymn in our hymnbook, We Plow the Fields and Scatter, which is one we don't often sing at Thanksgiving. It seems appropriate as the American Thanksgiving holiday is most often centered around food.
This is an English translation by Jane M. Campbel of the German hymn, "Wir Pflügen und Wir Streuen" written by Matthias Claudius in 1782. This performance is by The London Fox Choir.
I selected CeCe Winan's song, Goodness of God, as today's contemporary selection. This was the theme song for Memorial Holiness Camp this past summer. It's a good reminder that we ought to be thankful for God's gifts and blessings "with every breath that I am able, oh I will sing of the goodness of God."
No matter what we focus on this Thursday, we should be remembering the Apostle Paul's admonition in I Thessalonians to "Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." (I Thess. 5:16-18 NIV)
Every day should be "Thanksgiving Day!"