Wednesday, November 25, 2009

From the archives: Thanksgiving Day

Norman Rockwell said it much better with with paint than I can with words, but the familiar words of an old song are my prayer for America today:


Bless this house, O Lord, we pray,
Make it safe by night and day.
Bless these walls so firm and stout,
Keeping want and trouble out.

Bless the roof and chimneys tall,
Let Thy peace lie over all.
Bless this door that it may prove
Ever open to joy and love.

Bless these windows shining bright,
Letting in God’s heavenly light.
Bless the hearth ablazing there,
With smoke ascending like a prayer.

Bless the folk who dwell within,
Keep us pure and free from sin.
Bless us all that we may be
Fit, O Lord, to dwell with Thee,
Bless us all that one day we
May dwell, O Lord, with Thee.

(copyright 1927 by May H. Brahe & Helen Taylor)

[This post was first published in November 2008. --RWP]


  1. Happy Thanksgiving, RWP! I like your prayer and picture. They are very appropriate for the holiday.

  2. Lovely, lovely post. I'm a huge Norman Rockwell fan, and the song/poem is right on. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  3. Just as nice this year as it was last year. Have a great Thanksgiving..

  4. A most appropriate posting for both past, present, and future Thanksgiving Days. I hope to see it again next year.

  5. In the picture at the head of the post you look so smart in your suit and black tie and Mrs Brague's white apron is also very fetching. Mind you you seem to have some very old-fashioned hairstyles in Georgia!