God is good

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. – Psalm 136:1

Taking a break from worrying about another year ahead, I look back on my time in this place (that I never wanted to move to) and am filled with thankfulness. God is good and gracious, God is faithful. I wish I could say it as eloquently as the hymnist –

Thanks to God (感谢神)

Thanks, O God, for boundless mercy
From Thy gracious throne above
Thanks for every need provided
From the fullness of Thy love
Thanks for daily toil and labour
And for rest when shadows fall
Thanks for love of friend and neighbour
And Thy goodness unto all

Thanks for thorns as well as roses
Thanks for weakness and for health
Thanks for clouds as well as sunshine
Thanks for poverty and wealth!
Thanks for pain as well as pleasure
All Thou sendest day by day
And Thy Word our dearest treasure
Shedding light upon our way

Thanks, O God, for home and fireside
Where we share our daily bread
Thanks for hours of sweet communion
When by Thee our souls are fed!
Thanks for grace in time of sorrow
And for joy and peace in Thee
Thanks for hope today, tomorrow
And for all eternity!

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