I learned a new word and I love it. It is the way to say ‘thank you’ in the Nigerian Igbo language. The word is ‘Imela’… it is beautiful.
It all started when I kept hearing snippets of a song of praise on a local Catholic tv station where this word and other foreign ones were part of the chorus. I found myself humming it. Before long I was hooked on the song and the sound of the words so I did a search and found the hymn and their meaning.
Eze m Oh
Thank you, thank you,
Great and mighty Creator of the world
Thank you, thank you
It set me to thinking about all the things for which I should be giving thanks, every day.
So thank You, Gracias, Merci, Grazie, Tak, Shukriya, Arigato
Lord for the blessings you bestow on me
that far too often I accept so casually.
Still if the going gets too rough to bear
I remind myself that I can count on You.
Thanks to family, friends, even strangers who
Have in any way enriched my being,
Helped in the uplifting of my soul…
Have brightened my days
And lightened my load,
Accompanied or supported me as I travel this
Sometimes rough road
Thank you even to those who sometimes cut deep,
Who caused me to weep
Because now I am stronger
And time heals or at least lessens all pain.