With the most unusual Thanksgiving in my lifetime happening this next week, I want to give to you my favorite “Thanksgiving hymn.” We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing. Although times are tough worldwide, we have an amazing amount of blessings in our lives. And we are thankful.
Now the history of the hymn…not at all what you think it might be! We Gather Together is a Dutch hymn from 1597. The Dutch were at war with Spain. The Spanish Catholic King Phillip II banned Protestant church services so the Protestants rebelled by “gathering together” in their homes. When the Dutch Reformed Church came to America “We Gather Together” was chosen as the first hymn in their new hymnal. Look up the words. They definitely do not fit our holiday!
But to me, it is still my Thanksgiving hymn. Blessings to all of you!