“Gratefulness”- A Poem of Thanksgiving and a Recipe
This is my favorite Thanksgiving poem, and if you have been with me for many years, you know that you’ll receive it each year as my Thanksgiving “article.” It is a poem of grace and beauty, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
by George Herbert (1593- 1633)
Thou that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart.
See how thy beggar works on thee
He makes thy gifts occasion more,
And says, If he in this be crossed,
All thou hast given him heretofore
But thou didst reckon, when at first
Thy word our hearts and hands did crave,
What it would come to at the worst
Perpetual knockings at thy door,
Tears sullying thy transparent rooms,
Gift upon gift, much would have more,
This not withstanding, thou wenst on,
And didst allow us all our noise:
Nay thou hast made a sigh and groan
Not that thou hast not still above
Much better tunes, than groans can make;
But that these country-airs thy love
Wherefore I cry, and cry again;
And in no quiet canst thou be,
Till I a thankful heart obtain
Not thankful, when it pleaseth me;
As if thy blessings had spare days:
But such a heart, whose pulse may be
From Working it Out: Growing Spiritually with the Poetry of George Herbert, a beautiful devotional and poetry analysis resource.
May you have a Thanksgiving filled with gratitude and joy — a heart full of gratefulnesse!
Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe
Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish
2 bags fresh cranberries (frozen is okay)
3 juicy Valencia oranges, unpeeled, cut in eighths
2-3 handfuls of shelled walnuts
Sugar to taste
Chop or grind the cranberries and orange pieces in a food processor or old-fashioned crank-type food grinder. Coarsely chop the walnuts with a knife (definitely not the food processor– trust me on this) and add to the fruit. Add about a cup of sugar to start, stir, and keep adding sugar until it’s perfect.
Cranberry-Orange Relish is good when made the day before, as the flavors blend nicely. If you do this, you’ll need to keep it out of sight, or you may have a problem with poachers. Whether you serve it as a side dish or a light dessert, it’s tasty! It’s been a family favorite for decades — I even remember pouring berries through the hand-cranked grinder when I was a little girl. Enjoy!