GIVE THANKS written in 1970
Henry Smith had a degenerative eye disease, yet still made it through college and seminary. But, after graduation, he was declared legally blind. Unable to get a pastorate… of even any long-term employment, he moved back home and worked various odd jobs to support himself.
What kind of life was that to live? What kind of future did Henry have?
How would you have felt if you had been living his life?
Henry remembers thinking, “I remember being extremely thankful, and I remember my pastor quoting 2Corinthians 8:9, that Christ, though He was rich, became poor for our sakes that we might be rich in Him.” So, Henry wrote a song about his situation… and entitled it – of all things – “Give Thanks”. It was several years before this simple chorus was published… and even several more years before Henry was given credit for it.
Henry has written over 100 songs that are Scripture songs, and, today, he runs a recording studio and plays bass guitar for his church worship team. Because of his lack of eyesight, he depends on his memory to get the right chords. Regarding his blindness, he says, “It slows me down, but it doesn’t stop me.”
Read this hymn, and – today – give thanks for your situation… whatever it might be!
Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One;
give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son. (Repeat)
And now let the weak say,“We are strong!”
Let the poor say,“We are rich,
because of what the Lord has done for us!” (Repeat)
Give thanks. Give thanks.