Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thankful People...

Once again, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I am letting you know that I will be going to worship with my church family.  For this, I am thankful.

However, I am also thankful, for this is the SONday of our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

Thinking of being thankful, I enjoyed hearing an older hymn about doing this. 

It is a harvest hymn written by Henry Alford and is entitled, Come Ye Thankful People Come.  Here is a link for you to be able to listen and/or sing along: .  The lyrics are below.

Come Ye Thankful People Come
(a few words have been changed over time)

Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home!
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come;
Raise the song of harvest home!

We ourselves are God's own field,
Fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear;
Grant, O harvest Lord, that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take the harvest home;
From His field shall in that day
All offences purge away,
Giving angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast;
But the fruitful ears to store
In the garner evermore.

Then, thou Church triumphant come,
Raise the song of harvest home!
All be safely gathered in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
In God's garner to abide;
Come, ten thousand angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest home!

While this time of year is harvest time, here in Canada, this hymn is not referring to the harvesting of physical food that was planted by farmers.

This hymn is referring to the harvest that will come, in the world.  The harvest of people. 

God told us in His Word, the Bible, that the harvest is plentiful, but labourers are few.

Just as we read, in Matthew 9:35-38, "And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest."

Those of us who belong to Him, need to be praying that our Lord, will send labourers to work towards the harvest.  Many have prayed.  And, He has done so.

Not just through missionaries.  Through us, too.

We as Christians, need to be evangelizing.  We need to be planting those seeds for Christ. 

By doing this, God will water those seeds.  And, He will gather the growth who obtain salvation, in the harvest.

Are you doing this for Him?

If not, consider doing so.  For if you do, you'll be doing this, in obedience to His calling. 

And, you'll be blessed.

Until next time...

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