Nov

27

2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Karen Ball

Festive Thanksgiving Dinner

One more day and many of us will be seated around a table, mouths watering as we watch Dad or Grampa or Hubby carve a steaming, golden turkey. As I thought about the many Thanksgiving celebrations we’ve shared in my family–days of fellowship and laughter, gratitude and blessing–I remembered singing that wonderful old hymn, “We Gather Together.”

So join me, you lovers of words, you craftsman who create worlds and characters and stories that move and change us. Let’s read—and, if you want, sing!—together these powerful, beautiful words to celebrate this holiday:

We Gather Together

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;

He chastens and hastens His will to make known;

The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing;

Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,

Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;

So from the beginning the fight we were winning;

Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,

And pray that Thou still our Defender will be;

Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;

Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

4 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving!”

  1. Jackie Layton November 27, 2013 at 5:10 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Karen.

    Thanks for all you do for us authors!

  2. Rebecca DeMarino November 27, 2013 at 6:21 am #

    Thank you, Karen I enjoyed that so much! I get a Bible Verse of the Day in my emails and today’s was Colossians 3:16! Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone at the Laube Agency!

  3. Jeanne Takenaka November 27, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Karen, beautiful words to take me into Thanksgiving Day. Thank you for this, and may your Thanksgiving be a wonderful celebration. Yours and everyone’s over here.

  4. Patti Jo Moore November 27, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    I’ve been playing this hymn on my piano for the past month – - LOVE it!! :)
    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Karen – - and to everyone at The Steve Laube Agency. :)

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