Give Thanks

Author: Henry Smith

Henry Smith must have seen life this way: God’s side of the equation outweighs whatever is on the opposite side. At least, that’s what the words he wrote indicate. God is the ‘all’ of existence, so that I am called to ‘give thanks’ six times in the song’s opening words. When I’m done here on planet Earth, all that will matter is what lies ahead – in God’s presence. That must have been alluring for Henry Smith, who was struggling to find steady work, despite having just earned his college degree. When he says ‘the poor’ are rich in “Give Thanks”, that’s an echo from his difficulty in finding work. His eyesight was also failing because of a degenerative condition that would eventually leave him legally blind, cer… Go to person page >

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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #639

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #219

Baptist Hymnal 2008 #576

Celebrating Grace Hymnal #373

Chalice Hymnal #528

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #352

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #180

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #202

Complete Mission Praise #170

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Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #647

Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #282

Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #58

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Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #358

Lutheran Service Book #806

Rejoice Hymns #560

Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship #266

Scripture Song Database #1105

Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #108

Sing the Faith #2036

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Sing! A New Creation #216

Singing the Faith #78

The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #170

The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #74

The Faith We Sing #2036

The Worshiping Church #496

This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #292

Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #717

Worship and Rejoice #359

찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #247

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