Thanks to God ~ Hymn

Thanks to God

Thanks to God for my Redeemer,
Thanks for all Thou dost provide!
Thanks for times now but a memory,
Thanks for Jesus by my side!
Thanks for pleasant, balmy springtime,
Thanks for dark and stormy fall!
Thanks for tears by now forgotten,
Thanks for peace within my soul!

Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,
Thanks for what Thou dost deny!
Thanks for storms that I have weathered,
Thanks for all Thou dost supply!
Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure,
Thanks for comfort in despair!
Thanks for grace that none can measure,
Thanks for love beyond compare!

Thanks for roses by the wayside,
Thanks for thorns their stems contain!
Thanks for home and thanks for fireside,
Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain!
Thanks for joy and thanks for sorrow,
Thanks for heav’nly peace with Thee!
Thanks for hope in the tomorrow,
Thanks through all eternity!

Words:  Au­gust L. Storm, in the Swed­ish Sal­va­tion Ar­my pa­per Strids-Ro­pet, 1891; trans­lat­ed from Swed­ish to Eng­lish by Carl E. Back­strom, 1931.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

6 thoughts on “Thanks to God ~ Hymn

  1. Oh to have memories like Kathy B., but alas, another beautiful hymn I’ve never heard. As I read the part about the roses with the thorny stems I was reminded that we don’t understand true beauty unless we’ve endured some pain.

    Happy Sunday Ellen B.

    xoxo Cori G.

  2. Thanks for posting August Storm’s gospel song, “Thanks to God.” (Today is the 147th anniversary of his birth.) The simple words have always impressed me because of the inclusion of darkness, and storms, and tears–and thorns–as things for which we should be thankful. Doing that takes a level of faith and spiritual perception that we sometimes struggle with. But it is certainly biblical. We are to thank the Lord in every experience of life (I Thess. 5:18), realizing that He is able to work in all of them for our good and blessing (Rom. 8:28). God bless.

  3. The Rev. Carl E. Backstrom was my grandfather. I am doing research on his early years in the Covenant Church.

    Naturally, this is my mother’s favorite hymn and it was played at both my grandfather and grandmother’s funerals. My grandmother was a noted organist and choir director and passed away months before her 100th birthday. It was her own playing of this hymn that was used.

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