A Thanksgiving Hymn…sort of

I’ve always liked this hymn a lot and for some reason I associate it with Thanksgiving. I realize on typing it out that it really doesn’t have much to do with the holiday, but it still seems to fit. Maybe because Thanksgiving is often when I think about the family and friends we are blessed with  and am thankful for “the tie that binds”.

Blest Be The Tie That Binds by John Fawcett

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love:
the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above

Before the Father’s throne we pour our ardent prayers;
our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, our comforts and our cares.

We share our mutual woes, our mutual burdens bear,
and often for each other flows the sympathizing tear.

When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain;
but we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.

The glorious hope revives our courage by the way,
while each in expectation lives, and longs to see the day.

From sorrow, toil and pain, and sin, we shall be free;
and perfect love and friendship reign through all eternity.

If you’d like, listen at Cyberhymnal. They also had the story of how it was written, which I thought was very neat.

Dr. John Faw­cett was the pas­tor of a small church at Wains­gate, and was called from there to a larg­er church in Lon­don in 1772. He ac­cept­ed the call and preached his fare­well ser­mon. The wa­gons were load­ed with his books and fur­ni­ture, and all was rea­dy for the de­part­ure, when his pa­rish­ion­ers gath­ered around him, and with tears in their eyes begged of him to stay. His wife said, “Oh John, John, I can­not bear this.” “Neither can I,” ex­claimed the good pas­tor, “and we will not go. Un­load the wa­gons and put ev­ery­thing as it was be­fore.” His de­ci­sion was hailed with great joy by his peo­ple, and he wrote the words of this hymn in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the event. This song, and “God be with you un­til we meet again,” are the most use­ful fare­well hymns in the world. (from Cyberhymnal)

Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy your time with those for whom you are thankful!

One thought on “A Thanksgiving Hymn…sort of

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s