Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thankful Heart

Lovely image from Gooseberry Patch
This past spring, while cleaning out an old roll-top desk at my parents' home, I found a folded, yellowed page from the November 24, 1963 This Week magazine.  Some may remember when this magazine came as a supplement with the Sunday newspaper.

The entire page was taken up by a poem titled Thankful Heart, by William Fitzpatrick, a Pulitzer Prize winner for distinguished editorial writing.  He was evidently a poet, too.

Thankful Heart

We thank Thee, Lord,
This hallowed day
For these Thy gifts.
Thanks for the way

The falling leaves
Renew the earth --
Symbol and promise
of Man's rebirth.

Thanks for the fruits
Of field and plow
We planted then
And harvest now.

Thanks for the sea
And summer shade ...
Beauty of sky
And silent glade ...

Thy watchful eye,
As children played.
Thanks for Thy trials
That somehow made

Us more like men.
O Lord, for these
We thank Thee, then
On grateful knees.

By William Fitzpatrick.  Pulitzer Prize winner for distinguished editorial writing.

A beautiful, meaningful poem, I thought.  I see why my mother saved that page from This Week.

Wishing you all a blessed and meaningful Thanksgiving.


  1. The poetry and essays from vintage magazines are often very special! My favorite has become my favorite prayer, which I used often on my blog:

    Thy Will
    Nothing More
    Nothing Less
    Nothing Else

    ~Author Unknown

    1. Beautiful prayer! The safest place to be is in the center of God's will.

  2. What a beautiful post, dear friend. I hope you and yours had a most blessed Thanksgiving.

    Love and hugs to you!

    1. We had a nice day, Stephanie, and I hope that you and your family had a blessed day as well!


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