Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Giving thanks when it's easy, and when it's not

Thanks to God for my Redeemer,
Thanks for all Thou dost provide!
Thanks for times now but a memory,
Thanks for Jesus by my side!
Thanks for pleasant, balmy springtime,
Thanks for dark and stormy fall!
Thanks for tears by now forgotten,
Thanks for peace within my soul!

Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,
Thanks for what Thou dost deny!
Thanks for storms that I have weathered,
Thanks for all Thou dost supply!
Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure,
Thanks for comfort in despair!
Thanks for grace that none can measure,
Thanks for love beyond compare!

Thanks for roses by the wayside,
Thanks for thorns their stems contain!
Thanks for home and thanks for fireside,
Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain!
Thanks for joy and thanks for sorrow,
Thanks for heav’nly peace with Thee!
Thanks for hope in the tomorrow,
Thanks through all eternity!

"Thanks to God," words by August L. Storm.
August L. Storm, a worker for the Salvation Army, was a young man in his 20's when he wrote this hymn.
He decided to thank God not only for the good things, but also for the difficult things. Several years later, Storm was stricken with a condition that left him a cripple, but he continued to have a thankful heart in spite of his disability.
Taken from Hymn History
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