Nov 18, 2012


Quaker Girl (1915) — Grace Cossington Smith


'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free',
Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.

~Lyrics by Elder Joseph of Alfred, Maine:
Tune by Joseph Brackett (1797–1882)

This song has been mistakenly identified as a hymn, often without attribution. In fact, it was intended to be a Quaker "Dancing Song" or "Quick Dance," with obvious dance instructions. Yet, the message is clear.

I love singing Simple Gifts and God has made it a theme for me. These last few years have been about paring down, learning to do more with less, and abiding "in the valley of love and delight." I sense that it has a great deal to do with what lies ahead.

Last year's Christmas was a borrowed one. Our own decorations were in storage. Truth be told, it became one of the most relaxed and appreciated celebrations I have experienced in my own home. I had a list of want-to's that I willingly surrendered to basics and a few personal touches.

My concept of "simple" is expressed in this acronym:

A new development will be rewriting this Christmas as well. Again, I choose the simple path.

"A simple life in the Fear-of-God 
is better than a rich life
with a ton of headaches."
~Proverbs 15:16 (MSG)

I am joining Spiritual Sundays!


Denise said...

Hi Karen

Dropping by from Spiritual Sundays; love your blog and inspiring post! A phrase I often us in every situation is "less is more". I think that we often make things too complicated and miss out on the beauty and grace God has given us. By keeping things simple, we have more time to experience the love and beauty that surround us! :)

Blessings and love,

Sarah (Nikki) said...

your last few lines says it all...thanks Karen

Saleslady371 said...

Ah, the simple life. It's a desire for me, too! What a neat blog!

Rebbetzin Gail Griner Golden at Gail-Friends said...

Lovely post. I, too, treasure the simple things. I am blessed to find your blog, and thank you for stopping by to see me.

Just Be Real said...

Karen, thank you for sharing the Scripture Verses and such a simple lovely post. Blessings.