Sometimes you just don't need to try to re-invent the wheel and today I am going to let two amazing songwriters and musicians do the talking! When the song, "My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness" came across my newsfeed the other day, I knew it had to be my Thanksgiving week post.
Keith and Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of music today as preeminent modern hymn writers. In re-inventing the traditional hymn form, they have created a catalogue of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing the genres of traditional, classical, folk and contemporary composition which are sung the world over.
This song story to "My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness" was taken straight from their website at www.gettymusic.com. I have posted a link to the song below, listen and then read the backstory to why they wrote it. I love knowing the meaning behind a song and I hope it speaks to you as much as it did me.
If we examine our personal devotions, or listen in on a prayer meeting, our thanksgiving often focuses on health and position, family and friends, home and belongings (and all these are right and good – the Bible tells us to give thanks in every situation).
But the prayers of the early church in the New Testament never follow this pattern. The strong emphasis there is on giving thanks to God for spiritual blessings – the blessings that have true value beyond life on earth.
In "My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness" we give thanks to God for spiritual blessings – past, present and future: what Christ has done for us – for forgiveness and new life, which only He could bring by coming here to earth and suffering for us...how He walks beside us each day and having lived, breathed and walked here on earth...how He promises to be with us whatever our future holds.
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!