How’s Your Attitude of Gratitude?

On the day of inspiration, Folliot Sanford Pierpoint was strolling in the countryside on a beautiful spring day.  I can so relate to that!  Can you?  Do you sometimes take a walk and receive a flood of inspiration?  (It happens to me on motorcycle trips, too.)

The old hymn, For the Beauty of the Earth, was inspired by the beauty that’s all around us in creation. Pierpoint wrote his original poem after graduating from Cambridge and while teaching at Somersetshire College in his hometown of Bath, England.

Overwhelmed by God’s brilliant creation in Folliot’s view of the green ocean, the blue dome of heaven, and the Avon River flowing across a floral landscape, Folliot wrote his poem.


The original writing ended each verse with “Christ, Our God, to Thee we raise / This our sacrifice of praise” but was later changed to what we have now.

Falliot intended the poem to be used for Communion services in the Anglican Church.   But very soon, it flew over the Atlantic to America, where it became one of only a few hymns devoted solely to thankful praise.  It soon became associated with our Thanksgiving holiday.

As our prosperity grows here in America, it seems our gratitude wains.  The more we have, the less thankful we are.   Imagine seeing a beautiful starry night only once every couple of years.

Don’t you think we’d take notice and relish in it?  Not so, with our view of the sky and stars most any night.

How great you are, O Sovereign Lord!
There is no one like you.  We have never even heard of
another God like you!  (2 Samuel 7:22)

Maybe Falliot’s hymn will help us exhibit an attitude of gratitude that’s in proper proportion with the blessings we enjoy.


Among many other things, I’m grateful for another spectacular Sunday.  What about you?

Could you write a poem or hymn of praise for the blessings in your life?  Do you sit in awe as you think about the things that inspire your thankfulness?





  1. Penny says


    This was really lovelyTthank-you for the reminder of what really matters.


  2. says

    Thank you Kim, for reminding us that everything is a miracle, we are mini walking miracles and still pale against natures beauty. It’s so easy to overlook the multitude of gifts surrounding us as we whirrr
    by them driving and rushing hither and yon. The slightest look ourside at natures wonder is inspiring -but we must look up and out to see it.
    Thanks for the post, lovely music too !

    • says

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Debi. Yes, we do rush from here to there and sometimes without noticing the beauty around us. I need this reminder to be thankful every day! I hope you enjoy your week! 🙂

  3. says

    Kim, I have always loved this hymn, such inspiring words. Thank you for the reminder of being grateful. I take way too many of God’s blessings for granted. I am grateful today for the rain He sent to replenish the earth, it has been really dry! Blessings, Pam
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    • says

      We did the praise dance over our rain this weekend, too. I’m glad y’all got some of it. Happy brand new week to you! 🙂

  4. Robin says

    I enjoyed the post! I do like to look at nature and be thankful. Usually while I am driving on a nice sunny day. I now make a practice of doing it on CLOUDY days as well. This time of year I look out my back window and see pink and white flowers and barley on the farm behind me… is so pretty. I do find myself sitting in awe at times. Even at the red light!

    • says

      THAT’s making great use of your time at red lights. I like that…thanks for sharing…will try to remember to do this at red lights from now on. 🙂