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154. How Many Times

Today I led devotions for a District UMW Planning Team and because Thanksgiving Day is approaching, I pulled out a piece of music I wrote in 1981. As we sang it, I was reminded that I still need to hear it—probably every day. It’s based on the scripture of the ten lepers that Jesus healed and only one turned around to say thank you. I, too, forget.

Thank You

How many times do I not even see the gifts I have been given,

How many times do I see the gifts and wonder why I didn’t get more,

How many days do I drag my feet and list the things gone wrong,

Well I’m ready now, I’m ready now to say:

I’m gonna turn around where I am and say “Thank You.”

I’m gonna turn around where I am and say “Thank You.”

I’m gonna lift my arms, shout for joy,

Clap my hands, Say it some more,

“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you God.”

How may times do I not even see the healing God has given,

How many times do I stop to count the wonders God has given each day,

How many days and in how many ways has God reached out and touched,

Well I’m ready now, I’m ready now to say:

I’m gonna turn around where I am and say “Thank You.”

I’m gonna turn around where I am and say “Thank You.”

I’m gonna lift my arms, shout for joy,

Clap my hands, Say it some more,

“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you God.”

How many days do I fuss and fume that all my time has vanished?

How many days have I just complained:

“I should have gotten lots more things done!”

All of my time is a one-time gift, and mine to relish true,

Well I’m ready now, I’m ready now to say:

I’m gonna turn around where I am and say “Thank You.”

I’m gonna turn around where I am and say “Thank You.”

I’m gonna lift my arms, shout for joy,

Clap my hands, Say it some more,

“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you God.”

© Copyright 1981 by Ann Freeman Price

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