Happy Thanksgiving!

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!

[A hymn of Dutch origin dating back to 1597, often sung in America during the Thanksgiving Season]

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!  May you have a blessed celebration.

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessèd peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

~by Martin Rinkart

THANKSGIVING is upon us!!!

Thanksgiving Blessings to you — may you have a blessed and joyous celebration!

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Meanwhile, I’d better get busy! I will chat with you again tomorrow!!! But before I go, here are some pictures from my baking day (Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread, Japanese Fruit Pie, Pecan Pie, and Corn Muffinettes — the first three are historical recipes with the pie recipes dating back to the days of Colonial America):

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For the Beauty of the Earth (by Folliott S. Pierpoint) – a hymn of Thanksgiving

For the beauty of the earth
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies.

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Lord of all, to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour,
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon, and stars of light.

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For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind’s delight,
For the mystic harmony
Linking sense to sound and sight.

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For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.

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For Thy Church, that evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love.

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For the martyrs’ crown of light,
For Thy prophets’ eagle eye,
For Thy bold confessors’ might,
For the lips of infancy.

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For Thy virgins’ robes of snow,
For Thy maiden mother mild,
For Thyself, with hearts aglow,
Jesu, Victim undefiled.

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For each perfect gift of Thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of Heaven.

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Hi there…

… come on in, and stay a while! I hope you have had a blessed day so far. I had spent the whole day being a “piecing” machine, racing against time to get the 94″ x 94″ quilt top constructed. Maybe I would have enough done to show you some pictures tomorrow:

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Meanwhile, I thought I would share with you my favorite Thanksgiving hymn – “Let all things now living” by Katherine K. Davis:

Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving
To God the creator triumphantly raise.
Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,
Who still guides us on to the end of our days.
God’s banners are o’er us, His light goes before us,
A pillar of fire shining forth in the night.
Till shadows have vanished and darkness is banished
As forward we travel from light into light.

His law he enforces, the stars in their courses
And sun in its orbit obediently shine;
The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,
The deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine.
We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing;
With glad adoration a Song let us raise
Till all things now living unite in thanksgiving:
“To God in the highest, Hosanna and praise!”

Have a great day, everyone!