Sacred Music Sunday: But Thanks Be to God

The words “thank you” written in several different languages.

This week, people in the USA will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Starting next Sunday, most of the Christian world begins preparations for Christmas. (And some have already started preparation.) It’s a time of joy and gratitude.

Back when I had more time for hobbies, I always joined a community choir at Christmas to sing the oratorio Messiah by G.F. Handel. Now that I’m to busy to make the rehearsal commitment, I make it a point to find a sing-along to go to so that I still get to make the music. One of the songs that usually gets cut is But Thanks Be to God. I really like it, though. It’s a reminder that of all the things we have to be grateful for, the most important is Jesus Christ, who gives us victory over sin and death through His marvelous grace.

I join with the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who said in The Living Christ, “God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.”


Trudy is a lawyer living in the southwestern US. She has two cats who allow her to live in their house in exchange for a steady supply of food and treats.

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