“A wealth of food”

A wealth of food, of music, and of books,
Four sturdy walls to ward away the chill,
The family beside, and friends afar
By modern wonders seeming almost nigh—
For each of these, and more we do not know,
A thousand thanks, O Lord, we owe to you.

Each moment that we live, our hearts still beat,
The planets still continue in their spheres,
The worms still crawl beneath, the crops still grow,
The entire cosmos still is held together—
For each of these, and more we do not know,
A thousand thanks, O Lord, we owe to you.

But greater far the gift we most forget:
More than mere Providence, an aloof hand,
God walked our dusty Earth in human flesh,
And dwells within his chosen people still—
For you yourself, “best gift divine,” O Lord,
We owe unnumbered and unceasing thanks.

I wrote this yesterday and today, thinking about the many things for which I am grateful to God (see also yesterday’s annual Thanksgiving reflection), and with a few lines of “Christ, the life of all the living” running through my head.

As always, I earnestly welcome your comments, suggestions (perhaps of a real title for this poem?), questions, critique, or other feedback about this or any other part of my work. If you liked this, you can follow this blog, which includes one of my poems every Friday, or read other poems I’ve written here on my blog (starting with those linked from one of the “archive ” installments, since the full archive is by now, at over two hundred poems, somewhat daunting); I’d especially like to know, as part of my preparations for a collection, which poems you think are my best. You may also share it with others, subject to my sharing policy.

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