‘Come, Ye Thankful People, Come’
A car door slammed outside and we welcomed beloved family members with open arms. We celebrated an early Thanksgiving with a reunion of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Loving hugs and laughter, accompanied by a few tears of joy, spread across our front porch. As we have grown closer through the years, each reunion seems better than the last.
With ups and downs through various ages and stages, a sprinkling of teen-age rebellion and a tad of depression, we praise God for growing our faith. Not that His love wasn’t there all the time, but we know that our Christian faith carried us through all the years of growing pains.
The story of “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” involves another family of devotion and inspiration. When Henry Alford was only 16, he wrote a profound promise ...