“Come, ye thankful people, come raise the song of harvest home.
All is safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin
God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.”
It is really all about thankful hearts. Thankful hearts for the provisions our Maker has provided. This year more than any other thanksgiving before our hearts are singing the song of the harvest. A harvest of new friendships, a new (old country) and His mighty provisions to keep and sustain us.
We celebrated the Thanksgiving Day by guest preaching at a Trinity Methodist church in nearby Hexham. This wonderful congregation began a tradition some years ago of holding an American Thanksgiving Day service. They realise that there are Americans living in England who would enjoy this opportunity to connect and give thanks and praise together. It was a lovely service of traditional Thanksgiving Day hymns, worship and preaching. The service concluded with the song America the Beautiful. Afterwards we all enjoyed tea, coffee and pumpkin pie.
We were invited to a Thanksgiving Day meal at Rev. David and Martha Flavell’s home. We enjoyed the most fantastic harvest fare filled with traditional favourites plus wonderful new dishes. Most of all we enjoyed great fellowship around the table with our new harvest of friends. After dessert we retired to the living room of this beautiful 100 year old home, and sat by the coal fire and shared more fellowship time. The couple’s sweet lab, Honey, lay in front of the fire completing the whole lovely picture. It was a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.
This year we are so thankful for our family and friends who have loved and supported us as we stepped out to follow this path that God brought us to. May we remain faithful to His call, steadfast in our faith and ever mindful that ALL we have comes from God above.
Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.