Father in Heaven, we thank thee !

Written by one of my favourite American poets- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Flowers

For flowers that bloom about our feet,

For tender grass, so fresh and sweet,

For song of bird and hum of bee,

For all things fair- we hear or see,

Father in Heaven, we thank thee !

Blue sky

For blue of stream, for blue of sky,

For pleasant shade of branches high,

For fragrant air and cooling breeze,

For beauty of the blowing trees-

Father in Heaven, we thank thee !

family

For mother-love, for father-care,

For brothers strong and sisters fair,

For love at home and school each day,

For guidance lest we go astray-

Father in heaven, we thank thee !

For thy dear, everlasting arms;

That bear us o’er all ills and harms,

For blessed words of long ago,

That help us know Thy will to know-

Father in heaven, we thank thee !

Close-up of father's hands holding newborn's feet. Horizontal Shot.
Close-up of father’s hands holding newborn’s feet. Horizontal Shot.

Given that the world is so different now from Emerson’s day, we can still find things to be thankful for.

For food, for clothes, for a roof over our head,

For a spouse or partner, friend or companion,

Who is willing to listen to our woes and rants

and giggle with us over our follies .

For little children and all animals,

That are put in our care,

Given they are with us for but a little time,

But oh, during that small-time, do they spread their cheer and

For all that and more, Father in heaven, we thank thee !