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!