A Simple Thanksgiving Lesson You Can Learn From Hank Williams | Beaufort County Now | Gratitude is everything. Gratitude brings joy. When we are thankful we are much more apt to look up to the heavens or look beyond ourselves. | civitas, thanksgiving, thanksgiving lesson, hank williams, november 25, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

A Simple Thanksgiving Lesson You Can Learn From Hank Williams

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the Civitas Institute. The author of this post is Ray Nothstine.

    Gratitude is everything. Gratitude brings joy. When we are thankful we are much more apt to look up to the heavens or look beyond ourselves. Yet, in our politicized world today we are more apt to hear the word "entitled" or "entitlement." We particularly see this with issues like student loans or healthcare or even housing. "I'm entitled to this," many claim. Really, it's everywhere and the moment one starts to think that the government owes them something they are so often left with resentment and unhappiness. Why are so many people angry today? Simply put, they feel entitled. Entitlement robs you of your gratitude and joy and ultimately entitlement is an emptiness that can never be filled.

    There is a song recorded by Hank Williams I heard the first time in college that has benefited my own life and helped give me a thankful heart. In part, the title gives the story away: "Thy Burdens are Greater than Mine." In my opinion, Hank Williams, also known as the "Hillbilly Shakespeare," is one of the greatest songwriters who ever lived but the lyrics to this song were written by Pee Wee King, another member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Still, Williams made the song infamous and it's been recorded by other musicians including Porter Wagner and the Stanley Brothers. "Thy Burdens are Greater than Mine" is appropriately known as a Gospel tune.

    The song resonated with me because like everyone else I have burdens. I've battled some significant health challenges, yet gratitude is always at the forefront. The Apostle Paul's words, "sorrowful, yet always rejoicing" are some of my favorite from Scripture. Below are a portion of the lyrics and a recording of the song from Williams. At the outset, Williams declares the tune "says more than any song I've ever heard." I think that's pretty accurate:

    Met a lad while on my travels
    Tryin' hard to play the game
    Though his leg was very crippled
    And he could not speak his name
    Yet, he smiled in understandin'
    Though life to him had been unkind
    And as I watched, I cried in sorrow
    Oh! lord his burdens are greater than mine.

    I can speak my name aloud
    Make my way among the crowd
    Yes, his burdens are greater than mine.


   



HbAD0

Latest Op-Ed & Politics

Now that President Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president, he wants to hit the ground running and attend to urgent priorities.
Brittany Bernstein of National Review Online highlights one disappointing opening-day action from the new Biden administration.
Is the “Jet Pack Guy” who has been spotted several times flying miles in the sky near Los Angeles airport really a “guy”? Or is it just a drone dressed up to look like a guy?
The fall 2020 semester did not go as planned for most students and many felt that their universities failed them.
Ross Marchand writes for the Martin Center about the new president’s approach to higher education policy.
This piece was created by Paul Harvey many years ago, but reflect on its application to todayu
A former Carolina Panthers star has now become an advocate for re-opening North Carolina schools for in-person instruction.

HbAD1

Chicago prosecutors say 36-year-old Aditya Singh lived in the city’s O’Hare International Airport for three months to avoid flying home to Los Angeles, California, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
So much is made of the Cancel Culture, which is as real as Trump Derangement Syndrome; however, the Impeachment Culture, as an offshoot of this Cancel Culture, has NOW won the day for the religiously Woke.
Looking into January, state legislative sessions will begin across the nation. For many states, a critical focus point will be on the emergency powers those states’ governments have exercised in the wake of COVID-19.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will deliver an article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday.
He thinks it's clearly unconstitutional to try a man already out of office.
Victor Davis Hanson writes for National Review Online about the work of President Trump’s commission on American history.
Before he left office, former President Donald Trump ordered the Secret Service to continue protecting his children for the next six months.
The bass-playing younger brother of cultural icon Dolly Parton died of cancer, according to a statement from the Parton family.

HbAD2

 
Back to Top