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Tis’ the Gift

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

Simple Gifts. A simple song penned by Joseph Bracken 164 years ago. A message of grace and delight in the simple blessing of each day, it was written as a Shaker dance – a dance we can still chose to dance.

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.                             ~H.U. Westermayer

Wherever you are and however you’re spending your Thanksgiving: whether you’re working or vacationing, whether you’re alone or with family or friends, my hope is that this Thanksgiving will be a day when simple gifts encourage your heart.

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.                       ~ G.K. Chesterton

This is the Simple Gifts segment of Aaron Copeland’s Appalachian Spring with photos from Ansel Adams.



There is no greater difference between men than between grateful and ungrateful people.  ~R.H. Blyth

12 thoughts on “Tis’ the Gift

    • Jill –
      I can’t remember when you first started reading Fork – but your friendship has made it worth writing!
      Thank you!
      You and Mr A are so dear to our hearts.
      You’re not simple, but you are a gift! 😉

  1. What a beautiful gift of a post! Thank you and God bless you and Heidi and Henri, with many simple gifts and gratitude! love and prayers! – the other deb

    • Hello dear Deb –
      How fascinating that there are 6 comments here – and all 6 are from people I didn’t know 2 years ago. And all 6 have become dear to my heart through blogging.
      I would have wagered that wasn’t possible – not for me at least.
      Just goes to show how limited my vision can be.
      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and love and friendship.
      I’m grateful!

  2. Thanksgiving. A time to be grateful for family and friends; and embrace our differences. HA! I’ll try.

    Happy Thanksgiving … you are a blessing in my life! XO MEL

    • Hello dear Mel –
      You’re a blessing in my life, too! Thank you!
      You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers today as you spend this Thanksgiving together!

    • Yes, dear friend –
      The simple gifts… 😀
      One of the greatest surprises about this job has been the internal change in me.
      I’ve come to appreciate – I could step that back – I’m finally noticing the simple gifts of each day.
      Contentment has grown on and in me.
      Thank you for your friendship.

    • And to you two, Vicky!
      Our CM brought us an entire deep fat fried turkey tonight (my first fried turkey – a Texas thing?) and they’re catering Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.
      We made pumpkin bars for the guys.
      Some how I think we’re getting a bit more than we’re giving but we’re very grateful! 😀

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