My daughter, Shae, and I agree: the songs of Thanksgiving seem to get lost in the shuffle, as people leap from “spooky spirit” to Christmas spirit.
Today, we thought we’d highlight a few of our favorite songs of the season. (You can view her picks here.) Time permitting, I plan to create a Spotify playlist throughout November that will remind me to keep an attitude of gratitude, and to share acts of thanksgiving for God, for loved ones, and for my many blessings.
These songs will top my playlist. Enjoy!
“Brethren, We Have Met to Worship”
This song is one of the oldest American folk hymns. Although it isn’t directly related to Thanksgiving, to me, its lyrics evoke a feeling of the harvest season.
“How Could I Ask for More?” by Christy Nockels
Written from a mother’s perspective, this song reflects the gratitude within my own heart for the blessings of parenthood and family.
So many things I thought would bring me happiness
Some dreams that are realities today
Such an irony the things that mean the most to me
Are the memories that I’ve made along the way…
So thank you, Lord, oh thank you, Lord,
… how could I ask for more?
“We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing”
This gorgeous hymn is of Dutch origin, written in 1597 after a Dutch victory against the Spanish.
“Thankful,” by Josh Groban
This song highlights the ideals of selflessness and gratitude.
…So for tonight, we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day, we hope for
What we still can’t see
It’s up to us, to be the change
And even though this world needs so much more
There’s so much to be thankful for
“Give Thanks” by Don Moen
This worship song is a familiar favorite, inspired by the words of Joel 3:10:
“Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.”
Hope you enjoyed these selections. What is your favorite Thanksgiving song? I welcome your input!