Thanksgiving Chorus

We walk on starry fields of white 
     And do not see the daisies, 
For blessings common in our sight 
     We rarely offer praises. 
We sigh for some supreme delight 
     To crown our lives with splendour, 
And quite ignore our daily store 
     Of pleasures sweet and tender.

Our cares are bold and push their way 
     Upon our thought and feeling; 
They hang about us all the day, 
     Our time from pleasure stealing. 
So unobtrusive many a joy 
     We pass by and forget it, 
But worry strives to own our lives, 
And conquers if we let it

There's not a day in all the year 
     But holds some hidden pleasure, 
And, looking back, joys oft appear 
     To brim the past's wide measure. 
But blessings are like friends, I hold, 
     Who love and labour near us. 
We ought to raise our notes of praise 
While living hearts can hear us. 

Full many a blessing wears the guise 
     Of worry or of trouble; 
Far-seeing is the soul, and wise, 
     Who knows the mask is double. 
But he who has the faith and strength 
     To thank his God for sorrow 
Has found a joy without alloy 
To gladden every morrow. 

We ought to make the moments notes 
     Of happy, glad Thanksgiving; 
The hours and days a silent phrase 
     Of music we are living. 
And so the theme should swell and grow 
     As weeks and months pass o'er us, 
And rise sublime at this good time, 
A grand Thanksgiving chorus.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox ~

Have a blessed Lord's Day!


Debbie Harris said...

That was absolutly beautiful, from poem to those amazing photos! WOW and WOW!! :)
Those leaves looked like they had salt covering them, truly beautiful.

The poem reminded me of yesterdays "Jesus Calling" devotional speaking on gathering the pleasures and treasures that God leaves for us along our path through out the day, and we are to pick them and make a beautiful bouquet to give back to God with a thankful heart. It is amazing all the blessings from God, even the hard ships and trials are a blessing when we have a thankful heart.

Praising our Jesus!
Have a most beautiful day my dear.
Love you, mom

Gail Dixon said...

What a beautiful post to begin my Sunday. Thank you. Now I'm off to enjoy God's creation!

Simply Linda said...

What a beautiful post on this cold Sunday afternoon. Thank you dear friend..now..back to humming Joy to the World. (can't help myself.) Blerssings

Melinda Ruth said...

This is a beautiful Thanksgiving poem! I've never seen it before...it's very convicting and encouraging.
Hope you are having a blessed and restful Sunday, my friend! <3

Merlesworld said...

Lovely poem and great pictures.

Anne Payne said...

A lovely poem, Stephanie! And your pictures are so pretty and fragile looking. I hope you have a blessed week with your family. {{hugs}}

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, those poor frozen leaves! So pretty though.

I love the poem especially:

Full many a blessing wears the guise
Of worry or of trouble;
Far-seeing is the soul, and wise,
Who knows the mask is double.

Oh that is so true! Amen!

Vicky Hunt said...

This was so lovely Stephanie...:) Your photos are always so stunning. How I would love to see some snow...it's been a couple years and I just love it! Thanks for sharing this beautiful post...:)

Blessings, Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

Sandra said...

The poem you shared is lovely but your photos are amazing and beautiful. Thank you sharing the beauty of God's world with us on this Sunday.

I hope everything is well with you and your plans for the upcoming move are going well. I can't wait to here all about it.

Maggie Ann said...

That was beautiful, thank you. Happy Thanksgiving!

SarahGeorge said...

Dear Stepahanie,
What a beautiful post! I will make a note of this poem in my journal book :). Beautiful photos too!

Sylvia said...

What a beautiful and enlightening poem,Stephanie. We should stop and 'smell the roses' for the days and years go so fast that we should never take life for granted. Love you,friend.

Meeha Meeha said...

What a magical post, the frozen leaves go so well with this beautiful poem! I never knew that there were any Thanksgiving poems, either...

Ceil said...

Hi Dear! And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I know you will enjoy your new surroundings, friends and family.

Mindy Whipple said...

Beautiful poem. Thankful for you Stephanie and your beautiful heart and warm blog friendship. Blessings to you and yours during this season of Thanks.

Ceil said...

Hi Stephanie! I GOT IT!!!

Thank you so much. I wrote to Delvalina to tell her.
Bless you for doing this with all you have on your plate.

Major hugs!

Conniecrafter said...

Such a wonderful thought provoking poem, such great words of wisdom. As I get older I think I am more thankful for the simpler things in life, and count my blessings for every moment God blesses me with!!

Sharon said...

Hello Stephanie,

I just recently found your blog and love your heart for the Lord. This poem was just beautiful, thank you so much!
Have a most Blessed Thanksgiving!

Miss Val's Creations said...

This poem is so beautiful and such a great reminder to worry so much (something I always struggle with). The photos of the frost on the leaves are gorgeous! I hope all is going smoothly with your move. :)

Vee said...

That was wonderful...every word so true. Your frosted leaves could not be more beautiful if you had glued diamonds on by hand. Have a fun and blessed week and, if I don't get back to say it...a very Happy Thanksgiving!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

i think this is lovely happy thanksgiving

Maria said...

Very beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing! May you and family have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Liz Hockamier said...

Beautiful Poem!!! I have never read that. Thank you for sharing it.
Have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

P.S. your photos are gorgeous!

Delvalina Tuanger said...

My Dear sister,

What beautiful leaves when it's covered it looks shiny and beautiful.
The poem also is beautiful. :)
I will write to your mom in her email for thanksgiving day

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelentes fotografias de inverno....

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Those photos.

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