“For We Are Here, But Little Time to Stay”

Yes, it’s been an awful year for many of us, my own family at least partly included. But, thankfully, only partly. We still have many blessings. We have each other, we still have our jobs, we still have our extended family and friends, we still have–we think, we hope, we pray–a loving God who mourns the awfulness that we endure and sometimes, just sometimes, “appoint[s] unto them that mourn in Zion…beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord” (Isaiah 61:3). No planting lasts forever, of course–but for the moment, it’s an experience worth being grateful for. So happy Thanksgiving Day, everyone. Remember to count your blessings, one by one by one.


  1. (In the event that others’ ears had the same difficulty understanding her English, here is the translation into proper ‘Merican.)
    Count your blessings one by one
    When dawn appears and day has just begun
    They will light your heart with happiness
    Make each hour bright and bring you gladness
    Count your blessings one by one
    When twilight falls and toil of day is done
    And in sweet dreams they’ll come again to you
    If you will count your blessings each day through
    Count your blessings while you may
    For we are here but little time to stay
    All around are hearts sincere and true
    Lovely things abound just waiting for you
    Count your blessings while you may
    The big or small, whichever comes your way
    For then you’ll find this world a place of love
    If you will count your blessings from above

  2. Thanks for including the lyrics, Paul. I actually like this Edith Temple song much better than the rather sing-songy LDS hymn by the same name.

  3. This is the perfect ending to my day. Thank you, both.

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