Give Thanks

Author: Henry Smith

Henry Smith must have seen life this way: God’s side of the equation outweighs whatever is on the opposite side. At least, that’s what the words he wrote indicate. God is the ‘all’ of existence, so that I am called to ‘give thanks’ six times in the song’s opening words. When I’m done here on planet Earth, all that will matter is what lies ahead – in God’s presence. That must have been alluring for Henry Smith, who was struggling to find steady work, despite having just earned his college degree. When he says ‘the poor’ are rich in “Give Thanks”, that’s an echo from his difficulty in finding work. His eyesight was also failing because of a degenerative condition that would eventually leave him legally blind, cer… Go to person page >

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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #576TextImage
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #373Image
Chalice Hymnal #528Text
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #352
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #180Text
Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #206
Complete Mission Praise #170
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #647TextImageAudio
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #358ImageAudio
Lutheran Service Book #806TextImage
Renew! #266TextImage
Scripture Song Database #1105
Sing! A New Creation #216TextImageAudio
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #108
Sing the Faith #2036
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #170TextImage
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #74
The Faith We Sing #2036
The Worshiping Church #496TextImage
Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #717
Worship and Rejoice #359TextImage



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