Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Simple Praise

Our church choir has been practicing a song called Simple Praise.

As I walk the country roads ...
As I sit at my computer ...
As I've ridden the 4-wheeler to help move cattle ...
As I've baked and chopped and stirred ...
And, yes, even as I sat in the dentist's chair with yet another tooth problem ...
The words and music of this song have drifted through my mind, over and over again.

And when I've been at choir, pictures have floated into my mind as we've sung the words.

It's about thanks giving. Not necessarily Thanksgiving, though it's certainly the perfect time to recognize God's gifts and blessings all around us. But our thanks giving should be every day, not just on the fourth Thursday in November each year.

I found one choir had uploaded Simple Praise by Craig Courtney and Pamela Martin to youtube. If you'd like, listen to the song (the link is at the bottom of this post) and look at the illustrations that have been floating through my mind and are now assembled together, kind of like that other favorite song of the season, We Gather Together.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from The County Line.

 For a canvas of colors

For a concert of sound

For the unfolding seasons
The earth spinning round

 For the birth of each sunrise
For the sky set ablaze

For these simple gifts
We give simple praise

 Simple praise for the Giver
And thanks to the One
Who has given us breath
And given His Son
To the Giver of blessings
For all of our days
  For these simple gifts

We give simple praise

For the love of a mother
For the touch of a hand
For the deeper emotions
We can't understand

For the lessons we learn
From the trials we face

For these simple gifts
We give simple praise

The heart of the Giver

 The hand of the One
From whom every blessing
Of living has come

 For measureless mercy and limitless grace
For these simple gifts
We give simple praise.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks so much! Blessings to you on this Thanksgiving and every day!

  2. Beautifuly written, Kim.

    Happy Thanks Giving!

    1. Thanks, Robyn! I hope yours was wonderful as well! I appreciate your cyber-friendship!