My thoughts have definitely turned to Thanksgiving, now just days away here in America. The best part for me is always family, especially the times when we have rehearsed our individual blessings and thanksgiving as we go around the table. It is humbling to hear what God has done or made available in each of our lives.
Of course, most Thanksgivings also revolve around food—turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. This year my thoughts have not only been on family and meal-planning, but on freedom, and God’s graciousness—His endless gifts of blessings and plenty.
Sometimes I find it difficult to put into words how thankful I am, properly acknowledging God as the Great Giver He is. Gifted people over the ages poured out appreciation and exaltation in words and melodies that touch the heart. Others chose poetry and prose. Next week we’ll revisit two songs, prayers really, offering praise with such eloquence that they have resonated over thousands of years—the songs of Hannah and Mary.