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Being Thankful

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“Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.”

Being Thankful

There’s not a greater time than Thanksgiving to be thankful for all the blessings life has given us.  At this time of year, I always think of the beautiful Shaker Shaker Hymn called Simple Gifts by Elder Joseph Brackett that was composed in 1848.  It’s a popular American religious folk song known for praising the virtues of a simple life.  Many different composers have arranged it including my favorite, John Rutter and The Cambridge Singers.

The lyrics are:

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free

‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,

And when we find ourselves in the place just right,

‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gained,

To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,

To turn, turn will be our delight,

Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.”






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