Music Monday: “Give Thanks” by Don Moen
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at all of the contemporary and traditional songs that relate to this idea of “being thankful.” I know what you’re thinking, “But Debbie, you have no idea what will I’ve been through this year!”
Believe me, I understand. These last two years have turned out much differently than anyone of us imagined. But there’s good news; God was not surprised by any of it. Still… If you’re having difficulty finding something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, look no further; God loves you so much that He gave up his only son Jesus Christ because He didn’t want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9).
As humans, we are prone to worry, and God knows that. But we don’t need to… Why?? Because Jesus is ultimately in control of everything, all we need to do is trust.
Originally written in 1978, the worship song “Give Thanks” was penned by a young seminary student named Henry Smith; diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition, he was unsure of his work in the ministry field. However, he refused to take his eyes off the prize-knowing that Jesus was the Source of his strength.
He is reminding himself and generations to come that they still have something to be thankful for, no matter how bleak life gets. Inspired by a sermon on I Corinthians 8-9, Smith looked at Jesus’ sacrifice in a new light -the Lord made Himself poor so that we might be rich.
So no matter what you are facing this Thanksgiving, don’t lose hope. As Christians, we never walk this road alone
Let this be our prayer this week to cultivate an attitude of gratefulness no matter what God brings our way.
To listen to “Give Thanks (With a Grateful Heart) ” in its entirety, please go to: