Simple Gifts Traditional/Shaker

I woke up this morning ready to type fire and brimstone.  But as I’ve sat here for the better part of an hour and nothing came to mind, I had a change of heart.  For some reason, the line ’tis a gift to be simple kept coming into my thoughts…here are the lyrics…

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
’tis the gift to come down where you ought to be
And when we find ourselves in the place just right
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gained
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed
To turn, turn will be our delight
‘Till by turning, turning we come round right.

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
’tis the gift to come down where you ought to be
And when we find ourselves in the place just right
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

One of my favorite Copeland’s pieces…Simple Gifts.

So, what are the simple gifts that make you happy; bring you peace; make your skies shine blue again?

Take a moment today to find a quiet place and think about all the simple things God has blessed your life with…I think you will find them plentiful.  So let’s take a day or two away from the rat race, the politics, the religious scandals and spend some time in thanksgiving for all of the good gifts we’ve been given.  I can truly some up what makes me happy in 12 words.  Faith, family, friends, Sarah, Grace, Jerome, Cecilia, Richard, Mary, Ruth, Tony, Teresa.  And it just so happens that my favorite number is 12.  I also want to thank God for my parents – Jack and Judy Dorhauer who dedicated their lives to their children.  Theirs was a life of sacrifice that made everyone of their 7 children the men and woman they are today.

Mercantile – Nov 1959

Not to brag, but I think we all have done well for ourselves.  Again, to quote Kurt Warner…”Thank you Jesus!!”.

Do something great for our Lord today – tell Him thank you.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

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