the tie that binds

Every year at Thanksgiving, my family joins hands and sings the first verse of this hymn. Or at least, those of us who actually know the words. (I point no fingers!)
It really is beautiful and I love that my family has made this a tradition…

“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.”

3 Responses to the tie that binds

  1. Everly Pleasant November 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    it really is! But I’m sorry to say that this post was scheduled…I was NOT up that early.

    Really? How neat! Happy Thanksgiving.


  2. Cathy November 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    I remember I used to play that on the piano. It’s been a long time since I heard it.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Gil November 24, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Beautiful tradition! And congrats on being awake in the early “writing hours”, as I like to think of them. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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