Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thank Thee, O Giver of Life

This poem captures the breadth of my gratitude

Thanksgiving is such a robust tradition in American culture, both for those of us who are overtly religious and those who are less so. The holiday is bathed in poetry. The following piece by Angela Morgan is simply titled “Thanksgiving.” I found it in a paperback volume I bought for 25 cents at a used book sale several years ago. The Treasury of Religious Verse was compiled by Donald T. Kauffman and published in 1970.

Thank Thee, O Giver of Life, O God!
For the force that flames in the winter sod;
For the breath of my nostrils, fiercely good,
The sweet of water, the taste of food,
The sun that silvers the pantry floor,
The step of a neighbor at my door;
For dusk that fondles the window pane,
For the beautiful sound of falling rain.

Thank Thee for love and light and air,
For children’s faces, keenly fair,
For the wonderful joy of perfect rest
When the sun’s wick lowers within the West;
For huddling hills in gowns of snow
Warming themselves in the afterglow;
For Thy mighty wings that are never furled,
Bearing onward the rushing world.

Thank Thee, O Giver of Life, O God!
For Thy glory leaping the lightning rod;
For Thy terrible spaces of love and fire
Where sparks from the forge of Thy desire
Storm through the void in floods of suns,
Far as the heat of Thy Presence runs
And where hurricanes of chanting spheres
Swing to the pulse of the flying years.

Thank Thee for human toil that thrills
With the plan of Thine which man fulfills;
For bridges and tunnels, for ships that soar,
For iron and steel and the furnace roar;
For this anguished vortex of blood and pain
Where sweat and struggle are never vain;
For progress, pushing the teeming earth
On and up to a higher birth.
Thank Thee for life, for life, for life,
O Giver of Life, O God!

1 comment:

  1. Oh so well said for us who feel but are not wordsmiths as thee and Mr. Kaufman. Thanks, Yes, Thanks

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