Simple Gifts

Two artists of impeccable musicianship and sensitivity, plus sheer love of music render a classic American tune that strikes me as always appropriate for today’s US observance.

My parish sang this contemporary song with gusto at the close of the Thanksgiving Mass this morning. I think many of us struggle with gratitude. “Holiday” means leisure, even the fourth Thursday of November in America. Can we look around and be thankful for what we have? Do we draw God into the equation, and can we sing that difficult concept with sincerity?

Your grace is enough.

Let’s leave off today’s post with two works by the American great Charles Ives. His arrangement of a classic spiritual that riffs on the theme of what is enough for the Christian believer.

And “Serenity,” just because I like it.turkey

Blessings on your Thanksgiving, and your giving thanks, readers.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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