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Praise and Thanksgiving

This morning in church we sang the hymn All Creatures of Our God and King. The words, originally by Francis of Assisi, were paraphrased by Thomas Ken (1637 – 1711) and translated by William H. Draper (1855 -1 933). Here are verses 1 & 3.

All creatures of our God and King, lift your voices and with us sing
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam, Thou silver moon with softer gleam,
O praise Him, O praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

And all ye men of tender heart, forgiving others take your part
O sing ye! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear, praise God and on him cast your care.
O praise Him! O praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

We also read this Psalm. 

It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands. Psalm 92: 1-4

It is important to sing, worship and pray in community. I give thanks for my church family. I am reminded of the importance of praise and thanksgiving. How can I incorporate more into my daily life?

I could play CDs with hymns of praise while I work in the kitchen. Reading the Psalms inspires praise. Throughout the day I can notice aspects of God’s creation in nature and offer prayers of praise. When I praise God and give thanks, I am remembering God’s majesty and sovereignty.

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

3 Comments on “Praise and Thanksgiving

  1. I will never forget the first time I saw this hymn. It was printed on a postcard with little animals surrounding the words. We were on vacation and I asked my mom to buy it for me. Years later I heard the song.

    I grew up in a church that sings a capella, so I don’t need CDs to get me singing in my kitchen 🙂 That’s the wonderful thing about learning to sing when you are little – you feel comfortable just singing out loud with no accompaniment! 🙂 Though now with praise songs on YT it’s even easier!

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