After Thanksgiving dinner, this was the sunset. I was overcome.
I started to sing this song. I don’t know why, perhaps it was the family and the memories back inside the house, but I know I had to sing it. And I did. It was just me and the sunset and memories. I sang this song every sunset when I was a child at summer camp. To me it was soulful. It’s the lyrics to “Taps.”
Day is done,
Gone the sun,
From the hills,
From the lake,
From the skies,
All is well,
God is nigh.
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A lovely song share, Jennie… Oh, the power of words! ❤ Blessings, my friend.
Thank you, Bette. Yes, words are powerful. 😍
It is a lovely song, Jennie. Your summer camps sound like fun.
Thank you, Robbie. They were fun. I think songs add to the memories, too.
Lovely lyrics, Jennie. Thanks for sharing 🤗
Thank you, Ritu! 😍
Good way to cap the day off. I remember going to summer camp and we were allowed to visit in our tents/cabins until we heard Taps.
Is that one of the best memories of summer camp? Taps at the end of day, at sunset. Wonderful!
Sunsets are to give thanks for!
I nice ending to a wonderful day.
Thanks, Dan. I felt the same way!
And NOW, for those pesky leftovers…..
ooh, what memories! I used to sing it too. Slightly different words “from the sea . . ” We lived by the ocean.
I’m glad you have those memories, too, Pam. It’s a wonderful song to sing at sunset. I think there are more verses, including the sea, but I only remember singing the first part.
Reading this & singing it in my mind…gave me goose bumps (we say ‘pimples’ but doesn’t quite look right on the page!)
A fitting end to a splendid Day.
It was a fitting end to a splendid day. And goosebumps (or pimples) are a good thing! Such a wonderful song. Thank you, Laura.
“Taps” is a very comforting song. We would do well to end every day with it.
I have often thought the same thing. Hearing it at the end of every day would make a difference, at least in our hearts.
Do kids these days even know what “Taps” is?
Beautiful scene and song.
I doubt they do, Ren. Sad. It is such a beautiful song, and perfect at sunset.
The perfect end to a great day. Just lovely.
Best wishes, Pete.
Thank you, Pete. I felt the same way. Best to you.
Very nice, Jennie.
Thank you, Anneli.
Sounds like you had a great day from start to finish.
I did, Darlene. Thank you! 🙂
The perfect anthem for the moment, Jenny.
Thank you, Mitch.
A simple song that says so much. Thanks for sharing the moment with us, Jennie. : )
I’m glad you enjoyed this. Simple songs are powerful. Thank you, Cathleen. 🙂
All the campers gathered around the flag pole as taps was played, we sang and the flag came down. It was very exciting when our cabin got to do the flag ceremony. We had to be very meticulous and coordinated with the folding.
Wonderful memories, Elizabeth. I’m glad you experienced this song, too. My camp didn’t have cabins doing the ceremony and folding the flag. We just sang the song, all together, at sunset.
I liked the reverence of the flag ceremony. My family was unchurched and I had few opportunities like that until I grew up.
I like that, too. My family was churched, yet I had few opportunities as well.
A peaceful way to end the day. The Boy Scouts would sing it at days end on camp outs. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Jennie.
It was fitting, Steve. You know the feeling from when you were a Boy Scout. Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season. Stay warm on your street corner. 🙂
I never got to be a Scout, as a boy. My friend and I acted like jerks at the intro mtg (7 yr old jerks) and our mother’s said, “That’s it, no scouts!” But, our son became a Scout, an Eagle, and I was involved with the staff. A great organization! He was here with his wife and twin 3 yr olds for Thanksgiving. We had a good time. Hope you enjoyed the holiday, Jennie. Did you cook dinner?
Becoming an Eagle Scout is a great accomplishment. Wonderful that your son made it. At least you got to be the parent of a Scout. 🙂 Sounds like a wonderful family Thanksgiving. Twin three year olds? Wow! I have the same in my class. Are you reading aloud? We had a great Thanksgiving with our son and his family. Best to you, Steve.
Yes, both Grandma and Grandpa read ‘The Little Blue Truck’. Granddaughter, in particular, was very attentive.
I love that book! You picked a winner. And thank you for the photo. ❤️
Beautiful, Jennie. ❤
Thank you, Diana. 😍
I think in your good climatic conditions I would also sing this beautiful song.;-) Thank you for sharing Jennie, and have a beautiful week. Michael
Yes, I think you would sing this song, Michael. It is beautiful. Thank you, and have a wonderful week.
Thank you Jennie! You too. I will try to sing, when nobody is in the office or in the house.;-)
Keep singing Jennie! 😉 x
I will, Debby! 🙂
I remember singing that at camp too. Beautiful memories. We sure enjoyed blessed childhoods in Huntington!
Definitely beautiful memories! We were blessed. ❤️