A Thanksgiving photo essay

As we prepare our hearts for Thanksgiving Day, the day we set aside to express our gratefulness for all the blessings in our lives (and even the not-so-great things), may you be encouraged with my photo essay.  I set my photos to the ‘tune’ of an old hymn, “For the Beauty of the Earth.”

For the beauty of the earth,blogDSCN7166

for the glory of the skies,  blogIMG_3644

for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise. blogIMG_5075

For the beauty of each hour 
of the day and of the night, 
blogDSCN7830hill and vale, and tree and flower, 
blogIMG_1049(2)sun and moon, and stars of light; 
blogIMG_6298Lord of all, to thee we raise 
this our hymn of grateful praise. 

For the joy of ear and eye, 
for the heart and mind’s delight, 
for the mystic harmony, 
linking sense to sound and sight; 
blogIMG_2143Lord of all, to thee we raise 
this our hymn of grateful praise. 

For the joy of human love, 
brother, sister, parent, child, 
blogIMG_5667 (2)friends on earth and friends above, 
for all gentle thoughts and mild; 
blogIMG_6441 (2)Lord of all, to thee we raise 
this our hymn of grateful praise. 

For thy church, that evermore 
lifteth holy hands above, 
offering up on every shore 
her pure sacrifice of love; 
blogIMG_1885Lord of all, to thee we raise 
this our hymn of grateful praise. 

For thyself, best Gift Divine, 
to the world so freely given, 
for that great, great love of thine, 
peace on earth, and joy in heaven: 
blogIMG_2220 (3)Lord of all, to thee we raise 
this our hymn of grateful praise. 

~ “For the Beauty of the Earth,” words written by Folliott S. Pierpoint (1835-1917)

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5 responses

  1. Oh I love it! What a lovely hymn — I don’t know that one. And your pictures are perfect! So full of love and life and color. I feel relaxed just reading through your essay. I like the baby photo 🙂 but my favorite is the first shot, of the bridge and water.

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    • That is a really old hymn but I’m glad you like it. The baby photo is my daughter holding my sweet grandbaby’s hand shortly after her birth. It is precious to me. That first photo calls to me too, Melissa. I took it in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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