We plow the fields and scatter the good seed on the land, but it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand;
He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain, the breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain.
Refrain: All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord for all his love.
He only is the Maker of all things near and far; he paints the wayside flower, he lights the evening star;
The winds and waves obey him, by him the birds are fed; much more to us, his children, he gives our daily bread.
We thank you then, O Father, for all things bright and good, the seedtime and the harvest, our life, out health, our food
No gifts have we to offer for all your love imparts, but that which you desire now: our humble, thankful hearts.
In 1782 the German poet Matthias Claudius wrote this wonderful hymn, with Acts 14:17 as its backdrop, “He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons, he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”
It is with profound joy to offer you my sincere gratitude for your loving and generous partnership, prayers and support. The LTi family wishes you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving 2011.