Song of Thanksgiving

Kitty Cleveland’s first version completely rocks! I love it. Kitty is both a gifted professional Christian singer and a great friend of this website. Make sure to check out her music store for her albums. She does a fabulous version of “Be Not Afraid.”

This version is the original that I recorded with some members of a high school honor choir in Colorado that a friend got her daughter to get together. It includes both the words and the melody of the bass-line, or ostinato, as I was originally shown them. The girls are, from left, Emily, Anna and Audrey. I am the old guy at the end.

This version offers a different melody than the one I was shown, but uses the same words. It is a lovely offering on its own. It is by Fire and Flame Music. The musicians are brothers Domingo and Esteban from South Texas.

15 Responses to Song of Thanksgiving

  1. Thank you for sharing our song. May God continue to bless you as you continue His work!
    –Fire and Flame Music

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  2. donna says:


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  3. Bonnie C says:

    Okay, when I heard the Song of Thanksgiving, I could “hear” the song, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”. The last verse says it all. “… In the TRIUMPH SONF OF LIFE.”

    1. Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
    God of glory, Lord of love;
    hearts unfold like flowers before thee,
    opening to the sun above.
    Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
    drive the dark of doubt away.
    Giver of immortal gladness,
    fill us with the light of day!

    2. All thy works with joy surround thee,
    earth and heaven reflect thy rays,
    stars and angels sing around thee,
    center of unbroken praise.
    Field and forest, vale and mountain,
    flowery meadow, flashing sea,
    chanting bird and flowing fountain,
    call us to rejoice in thee.

    3. Thou art giving and forgiving,
    ever blessing, ever blest,
    well-spring of the joy of living,
    ocean depth of happy rest!
    Thou our Father, Christ our brother,
    all who live in love are thine;
    teach us how to love each other,
    lift us to the joy divine.

    4. Mortals, join the mighty chorus
    which the morning stars began;
    love divine is reigning o’er us,
    binding all within its span.
    Ever singing, march we onward,
    victors in the midst of strife;
    joyful music leads us sunward,
    in the triumph song of life.

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  4. Bonnie C says:

    “In the triumph SONG of life.

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  5. christiaria says:

    I love the adult contemporary sound of Fire and Flame–beautiful!


    • Eric says:

      I totally agree! I just came across Charlie’s page a few days ago and so far everything has been so intriguing to me. Thanks Charlie, for sharing your love of God with us!


  6. Jeanne says:

    I can imagine us sitting and singing this during the chaotic period – as a way of calming others and praising God!

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  7. SteveBC says:

    Charlie, Domingo of Fire and Flame has sent you an email via TNRS Answers. Can you please log in there and read it? Thanks.

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  8. Laurence D says:

    Not to take away from such a joyful and catchy refrain, but what does it mean? And is it for already, or more for after the Rescue? Are the “people” of heaven the saints, or more the angels? Are the people of the Kingdom the Church on earth? And what is rising — just the Resurrection on the Last Day? Your thoughts?


    • charliej373 says:

      It’s a song, Laurence. I would not try to overanalyze it. It is not a prophetic statement…just a song that I was given.

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      • Laurence D says:

        OK, understood. Question: If a very popular group from the 60s that is still alive and cooperating with each other were interested in developing this song to perform/record, would that be good? They don’t taut themselves as Christian, but you can tell they are. I don’t have an in with them, but maybe someone here could. Who am I thinking of? The Seekers.


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