A Song For Thanksgiving 2014

“May the Light of Love” is a song by singer-songwriter David Roth. I have always wished I could see him in concert. I hope he comes to Northern Virginia sometime. His other songs are great, too, from what I saw on his website.

He wrote this song in 1993. I love the words, because they remind me to be thankful every day–even when circumstances make it extremely difficult to feel that way. The melody is also beautiful. Several people have recorded it, including the singer Anne Hills–whose version I heard first and enjoyed on Dick Cerri’s “Music Americana” radio program.

(I wish Dick Cerri and the program were still with us. His brother, Bill, was a host on Classical WETA in its earlier days. Bill’s trademark was saying, “Thank you for listening.” They were just two of the great radio folks in this area.)

Here he is in performance. I have included the lyrics below. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Lyrics to May the Light of Love
As we come around to take our places at the table
A moment to remember and reflect upon our wealth
Here’s to loving friends and family, here’s to being able
To gather here together in good company and healthMay we be released from all those feelings that would harm us
May we have the will to give them up and get them gone
For heavy are the satchels full of anger and false promise
May we have the strength to put them down

May the light of love be shining deep within your spirit
May the torch of mercy clear the path and show the way
May the horn of plenty sound so everyone can hear it
May the light of love be with you every day

May we wish the best for every one that we encounter
May we swallow pride and may we do away with fear
For it’s only what we do not know that we have grown afraid of
And only what we do not choose to hear

May the light of love be shining deep within your spirit
May the torch of mercy clear the path and show the way
May the horn of plenty sound so everyone can hear it
May the light of love be with you every day

As we bless our daily bread and drink our day’s libation
May we be reminded of the lost and wayward soul
The hungry and the homeless that we have in every nation
May we fill each empty cup and bowl

May nothing ever come between or threaten to divide us
May we never take for granted all the gifts that we receive
Being ever mindful of the unseen hands that guide us
And the miracles that cause us to believe

May the light of love be shining deep within your spirit
May the torch of mercy clear the path and show the way
May the horn of plenty sound so everyone can hear it
May the light of love be with you every day

May the horn of plenty sound so everyone can hear it
May the light of love be with you, may the light of love be with you
May the light of love be with you every day

 

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