blest be the tie that binds

Before partaking in our annual Thanksgiving Day feast, my family always joins hands in a big circle and sings the first verse of this song before praying. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

“Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one
Our comforts and our cares.

We share each other’s woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

This glorious hope revives
Our courage by the way;
While each in expectation lives,
And longs to see the day.

From sorrow, toil and pain,
And sin, we shall be free,
And perfect love and friendship reign
Through all eternity.”

2 Responses to blest be the tie that binds

  1. robert December 26, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    Thanks for posting the hymn “Blest Be the Tie That Binds.” (It has a somewhat remote connection to today’s date, since the author of the traditional tune, Hans Nageli, died on this day in 1826.)

    But the thought that came to me this morning is that it is a wonderful New Year’s hymn. We need to celebrate our union in Christ and, in practical ways, endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit” (Eph. 4:3). God bless.

  2. Autumn November 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    That is a beautiful tradition.

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