Blackbird singing in the dead of night

One of the things that we were given to do on last week’s congregational weekend was to think of things that make us happy. There is a theory that if you make a habit of recalling three happy things that have happened to you each day, then it improves your mood. We used to call it counting your blessings in the land of my growing up.

Anyway, one of the things that has given me happiness this week is listening to the dawn chorus – yes even in the inner city there is a blackbird that comes and sings God’s praises at about 5.40 each morning and it is a delight.


  1. Moyra says

    I’ve now got “Count your blessings, name them one by one” floating around my head now, and it’ll probably take days to dislodge the tune….

  2. kelvin says

    When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
    When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
    Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

  3. Moyra says

    Count your blessings name them one by one
    And you’ll see what the Lord has done.
    Count your blessings, name them two by two,
    and it will surprise you what the Lord can do.

    …is what I remember singing in Sunday School. Unless. of course, I was making my own words up, which is always possible.

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