With Hearts Full of Thankfulness

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Happy ThanksgivingI’m incredibly grateful for ParkingSpace23, and I hope you are too. I’m not just thankful for the blog, but what that oil-stained piece of asphalt actually stands for. However, today I want to take a different approach. We tend to be pretty heavy with most of our topics, so today we’re going to get in the thanksgiving spirit and just be thankful.

The thing I love about the Thanksgiving holiday is that it’s the one holiday in the western world that still remains relatively untouched by Hallmark, consumerism and marketing. Its whole emphasis is so counter-cultural to our society of entitlement, that I’m amazed it has lasted so long. The idea of pausing to give thanks and reflecting on the things that God has provided is something to be thankful for in itself. (Granted, the day after being thankful for all we have, people are willing to trample each other to get more stuff they feel like they’re lacking.) I’m personally thankful, because I get the double honour and awesomeness of celebrating two Thanksgivings as a Canadian living in America.

Anyways, last night my church held it’s Thanksgiving Service, and I couldn’t help but share some of my favourite Thanksgiving songs . It’s certainly not an extensive list, and I would love for you to share some of your favourite Thanksgiving songs and traditions in the comments section.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving season!

Jesus, Thank You
A poignant song that reflects on what believers should be thankful for above all else: The blood of Christ which bring forgiveness of sins.

Chord Charts and Sheet Music can be found here.

 

My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m very thankful for Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend. This song is probably my absolute favourite one of that they have written. Read what they have to say about this song.

“If we examine our personal devotions, or listen in on a prayer meeting, our thanksgiving often focuses on health and position, family and friends, home and belongings, (and all these are right and good – the bible tells us to give thanks in every situation).

But the prayers of the early church in the New Testament never follow this pattern. The strong emphasis there is on giving thanks to God for spiritual blessings – the blessings that have true value beyond life on earth.

In “My heart is filled with thankfulness” we give thanks to God for spiritual blessings – past, present and future. What Christ has done for us – for forgiveness and new life, which only he could bring by coming here to earth and suffering for us. How he walks beside us each day and having lived, breathed and walked here on earth. How he promises to be with us whatever our future hold.” (Source)

 


(This video was made before Keith & Kristyn were married, if you’re trying to figure out the Kristyn Lennox thing.)


(A little more excitement in this version)

 

All Things Bright and Beautiful
I remember singing this song as a child in children’s choir, and I still love it. This video is kinda strange, and I really don’t understand the hamster at the beginning, or the teddy bears on the window sill.

 

Give Thanks to the Lord – I simply gotta say, I am thankful for the little boy with a missing tooth who is singing this song.

 

Hallelujah, from Christ on the Mount of Olives

Hallelujah! unto God’s Almighty Son.
Praise the Lord, ye bright angelic choirs,
In holy songs of joy.
Man, proclaim His grace and glory!
Hallelujah! unto God’s Almighty Son.
Praise the Lord in holy songs of joy.

 

Doxology
There could be no greater privilege than to extol the Triune God and give thanks for all He’s done.

 

Thankful
“I’m thankful that I’m incapable of doing any good on my own.” Great words, that show the remarkable grace of God in the life of the believer. I was thankful for this band when I was in college.

 

We Thank Thee, Lord from Cantata 29
I love the ministry of Christopher Parkening. I’m thankful that his testimony is one that truly honours and extols Christ in the classical music world.

 

We Gather Together
What Thanksgiving song listing would be complete without this gem.

Psalm 69:30: “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Corrie Lavina Knight

    Another Getty/Townsend favourite: In Christ Alone. I particularly enjoy the version recorded on the album by the same name by Margaret Becker, Maire Brennan, and Joann High (of Iona).

    • Darren Wiebe

      Totally agree with you Corrie! A song that completely extols the life and work of Christ. What could be more wonderful than giving thanks for what Jesus accomplished on our behalf in His death and resurrection…and that recording is amazing.

    • Darren Wiebe

      100% agree with you Corrie! A song that completely extols the life and work of Christ. What could be more wonderful than giving thanks for what Jesus accomplished on our behalf in His death and resurrection…and that recording is amazing.