There's So Much to be Thankful For

As I get to know my new Josh Groban Christmas album, I have surprised myself by developing favorites that aren't at all usual for me. I love traditional Christmas music and I kind of hate it when there are new songs touted as Christmas classics that I have never heard (and I've heard a lot, over the years -- so it takes something new to surprise me).

It came as a surprise to discover that my favorite songs on this album are the formerly despised "Little Drummer Boy" (I still loathe it in general but clearly not this version) and a 'new' song called 'Thankful.' I could listen to both of them over and over (and I do!). The music is lovely, the voice is lovely and the spirit is strong in both songs.

My favorite part of 'Thankful' though, is the message.

Some days, we forget to look around us,
Some days, we can't see the joy that surrounds us,
So caught up inside ourselves, we take when we should give.
So for tonight we pray for what we know can be,
And on this day we hope for what we still can't see.
It's up to us to be the change,
And even though we all can still do more,
There's so much to be thankful for.

There is so much to be thankful for. I'm thankful for this lovely message that speaks so strongly to me through the music.
I can always use a reminder to look outside myself, to pray for goodness in my life and in the world, and to continue in faith and gratitude.


100 Percent Cottam said...

agreed! so very much to be thankful for. and that is a great song!

Hayley said...

i've gotta get that album on my list! sounds good. i love good renditions of songs, even if typically i wouldn't - i hear you jan!

Emily said...

i love the classic songs to, but everyonce in awhile a newbie sparks my love too. i really am going to have to get this cd.

Shelley said...

It really is an excellent album! I'm surprised at how much I like it. ESPECIALLY the Little Drummer Boy version. I'm JUST like you in regards to that song. lol And as always, thank you for your deeper thoughts, I'm not as thankful as I need to be. :)

Holly O. said...

Seriously, what do y'all have again the little drummer boy????

Holly O. said...

I meant against. Sorry. But I am enjoying this CD too!

Tiburon said...

The new date format on your blog is wiggin me out. I was thinking to myself: Self, why does she have a post in July?

I am always looking for a good Christmas album!

Adam said...

I love that picture of Mary and Joseph holding Jesus. It helps me imagine what it would have been like to be there.

Jori said...

I love "Thankful" too.

tara said...

on all accounts. Ave maris is still my fav though