Thankful to Thee, our voices raise
In grateful sacrifice of praise,
Myriads of blessings to thank Thee for,
Praise be to Thee forevermore.
Thankful for the glory of Heaven above,
Blue skies and rainbows, tokens of love,
The cold breath of winter, fields silenced in white,
Summer so vibrant with warmth and might.
Thankful for the gift of a newborn spring,
Sweet, small voices with beautiful wings,
For meadows grown rampant with flowers and grass,
For the song of the brook, and the wind in the pass.
Thankful for billows of fluffy, white clouds,
The voice of creation in thunder so loud,
Moisture from Heaven, refreshing and free,
Dewdrops dripping from leaves on the trees.
Thankful for autumn all trimmed in gold
With its brilliance of color and beauty untold,
For the rustling of corn all crisp and brown,
The fragrance of fruit on trees bent down.
Thankful for home, Thy palace for man,
Foretaste of Heaven, God’s wonderful plan,
Singing companions whose love for the Lord
Unites that home with loving accord.
Thankful for the patter of little feet,
Shrill shrieks of laughter and voices so sweet,
Little hands folded and small knees bowed,
Thankful, O God, for the prayer of a child.
Thankful so much for the smile of a friend,
For the courage of brethren from beginning to end,
For kindness of loved ones in time of need,
Comfort from neighbors in words and deeds.
Thankful, O Lord, for abundance of bread,
Abundance to spare, so bountifully spread,
For freedom to pray, to read, and to sing,
Freedom to do most anything.
Thankful for trials, temptations, and loss,
For maturing our souls, purging out the dross,
Renewing our trust, arousing our hearts,
Deep yearning and love in our inward parts.
Thankful for ministries of Thy Word,
For crowds of saints where Thy Word is heard,
For conviction, instruction, comfort, and love,
Sweet contact we have with Thy throne above.
Thankful, O God, in Christ’s dear name
For redemption and wisdom, a Savior slain,
For love and compassion, great mercy and grace,,
The privilege of seeing the Savior’s face.
Thankful to Thee for this and more,
Our lives abound from Thine exhaustless store,
Thou who art God, forever the same,
We thank Thee, we praise Thee in Jesus’ name.
- Philip J. King (my Dad)