“Now thank we all our God
With hearts and hands and voices;
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom this world rejoices.
Who, from our mother’s arms,
Hath led us on our way,
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.”
A familiar hymn – normally sung around Thanksgiving time. Lately I’ve appreciated these classics more and more – I listen to a station on Pandora that plays these re-interpreted traditional hymns, which has led me to pay more attention to the words. The one above is one of the oldies-but-goodies that have touched me, and particularly relevant as one of my new year’s resolutions is to cultivate gratitude more intentionally in my life.
“All to Jesus I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
I surrender all, I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.”
Jadon Lavik does a lovely rendition of this hymn – one I recall growing up hearing in my family’s home church. In general, this expression of an abandonment of sorts (I love Brennen Manning’s words, “ruthless abandonment”), a letting-go-of-control based on my own intelligence and ability, a simple turning-over myself, a child-like trust, is something I always feel I need cultivate in my life. To me, there is a connection between surrender and gratitude – both important ingredients for my faith life. So much in this season of life calls for both for me to truly live deeply and presently in the moment – the imminent arrival of the twins, the inevitable changes I will experience in my identity and role, and the adjustment of priorities and schedules…All of this is a recipe for getting lost in all of the overwhelming reality of it. I’m hopeful that gratitude will anchor me, and surrender to Christ will nourish me.
This was my article for the newsletter in March…and something I hope to reflect on daily.