When Giving Thanks Comes Hard

Words by Unitarian Universalist Minister Rev. Robert Mabry Doss.

When giving thanks comes hard for you,
And things are grim, and hope runs thin,
Recall:

Despair’s a door to pass on through,
And not a home for living in.

When thanksgiving fills your cup,
And those you love are all about,
Look at your blessings,
count them up,
And give back something to the world without.

Go in peace.
Go for peace.

For all who see God,
May God go with you.

For all who embrace life,
May life return your affection.

For all who seek a right path,
May a way be found . . .

And the courage to take it
Step by step.

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#524 Earth Mother Star Mother

(Starhawk)

Earth mother, star mother,
You who are called by
a thousand names,
May all remember
we are cells in your body
and dance together.
You are the grain
and the loaf
That sustains us each day.
And as you are patient
with our struggles to learn
So shall we be patient
with ourselves and each other.
We are radiant light
and sacred dark
–the balance–
You are the embrace the heartens
And the freedom beyond fear.
Within you we are born
we grow, live, and die–
You bring us around the circle
to rebirth,
Within us you dance
Forever

#73 Chant for the Seasons

Summertime has turned the starwheel, autumn is upon us.

Sweet the angling sun, sweet upon the air the smell of blue mist rising.

Summertime has turned the starwheel, autumn is upon us.

Glorious the trees, glorious the sight of rust leaves falling, falling.

Summertime has turned the starwheel, autumn is upon us.

Autumn cold has turned the starwheel, winter is upon us.

Grey the windy storms, cold upon our cheeks the wet rain glistens, glistens.

Autumn cold has turned the starwheel, winter is upon us.

Leaping is the fire, golden in the glass the cider glows like amber.

Autumn cold has turned the starwheel, winter is upon us.

Winter rains have turned the starwheel, spring is upon us.

Sharp the smell of loam, bursting in our eyes the turrets of the tulip.

Winter rains have turned the starwheel, spring is upon us.

Greening is the grass, soft upon our brows the sunlight warm caresses.

Winter rains have turned the starwheel, spring is upon us.

Vernal clouds have turned the starwheel, summer is upon us.

Gliding are the hawks, hovering above the hot and yellow hillside.

Vernal clouds have turned the starwheel, summer is upon us.

Crickets in the night, chirping in our ears the sound of moonlit music.

Vernal clouds have turned the starwheel, summer is upon us.

#108 How Can I Keep From Singing

My life flows on in endless song above earth’s lamentation.
I hear the real though far off hymn that hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing.
It sounds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing!

What though the tempest ’round me roars, I know the truth, it liveth.
What though the darkness ’round me close, songs in the night it giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I’m clinging.
Since love prevails in heav’n and earth, how can I keep from singing!

When tyrants tremble as they hear the bells of freedom ringing,
when friends rejoice both far and near, how can I keep from singing!
To prison cell and dungeon vile our thoughts to them are winging;
when friends by shame are undefiled, how can I keep from singing!


NOTES

Words: Traditional, Verse 3 by Doris Plenn
Music: Robert Lowry, 1826-1899

https://hymnary.org/text/my_life_flows_on_in_endless_song

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#298 Wake Now My Senses

Wake, now, my senses, and hear the earth call;
Feel the deep power of being in all;
Keep, with the web of creation your vow,
Giving, receiving as love shows us how.

Wake, now my reason, reach out to the new;
Join with each pilgrim who quests for the true
Honor the beauty and wisdom of time;
Suffer thy limit, and praise the sublime.

Wake, now, compassion, give heed to the cry;
Voices of suffering fill the wide sky;
Take as your neighbor both stranger and friend,
Praying and striving their hardship to end.

Wake, now, my conscience, with justice thy guide
Join with all people whose rights are denied;
Take not for granted a privileged place;
God’s love embraces the whole human race.

Wake, now, my vision of ministry clear;
Brighten my pathway with radiance here;
Mingle my calling with all who will share;
Work toward a planet transformed by our care.

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#118 This Little Light of Mine

1. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

2. Ev’rywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine.
Ev’rywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine.
Ev’rywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

3. Building up a world, I’m gonna let it shine.
Building up a world, I’m gonna let it shine.
Building up a world, I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

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Hymn Slides

http://www.vistauu.org/index.php/information/resources/256-this-little-light-of-mine-118-hymn-slides