Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Blessings

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. --Psalms 100:4

Henry W. Baker wrote "The King of Love, My Shepherd Is" in 1868.  One verse reads:
Thou spreadest a table in my sight;
thy unction grace bestoweth;
and oh, what transport of delight
from thy pure chalice floweth!
I was caught by the words: "unction grace."  Unction means "the shedding of a divine or spiritual influence upon a person." (1)  As we sit down to the tables we spread, let us each be aware of the unction grace that God instills upon and all around us.  Let us take pause and think of the blessing Jesus Christ placed on that chalice centuries ago, remembering His sacred acts, and all the hands and all the lips across which covenantal wine has flowed, even to ours and our beloveds.  He is our God and we are His people!

Be Present at our table Lord; be here and everywhere adored.  These mercies bless, and and grant that we may feast in paradise with thee.  Amen. 


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