Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A photo psalm of Thanksgiving November 22, 2012

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One of many rocks which grace the Kasota Prairie, rural Kasota, Minn.

1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock or our salvation.

The Freedom choir sings during an outdoor mission festival in the woods south of Janesville, Minn., in August.

2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

A snippet of a crown in a stained glass window at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault, Minn.

3 For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.

“The Prairie is My Garden,” a painting by South Dakota artist Harvey Dunn, showcases the prairie I so love. Here I’ve photographed most of a print which I purchased at a yard sale for a bargain $20.

4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.

5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

American soldiers receive The Lord’s Supper in Korea, May 1953. Photo by my foot soldier father, Elvern Kletscher, who fought on the front line during the Korean War. My Dad wrote this home in a letter to his parents: “Sure was good to go to church. I had communion. I always try and make every church service they got over here. Once a week the chaplain comes up here on the hill.” Powerful words. Powerful photo of our soldiers kneeling on Korean soil to partake of The Lord’s Supper.

6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;

A pastoral spring scene near Roberds Lake, rural Rice County, Minn., near my Faribault home.

7 for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.

Psalm 95: 1-7, New International Version of the bible

Photos copyrighted 2012, Audrey Kletscher Helbling


17 Responses to “A photo psalm of Thanksgiving”

  1. treadlemusic Says:

    That is one awesome post….thank you so much!! I could stare at that Dunn print forever—and dream I am there! That would be something I would buy, too!! The only thing is in that humble prairie home I would like to have room for my convection oven and sewing machines…..and, oh yes, my coffee pot (electric drip)!!!!! LOL! Those who went before were so strong of heart…..and body! They have my total admiration!!! Blessings to you and your family this day….hugs, D

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Yes, I think life in an early prairie home would have been challenging no matter how much we tend to romanticize it. I had no idea, when I purchased the print, that it was a famous painting. I just liked it and now love it. Have a most blessed Thanksgiving!

      • treadlemusic Says:

        We most definitely did and are now back home from Woodbury. Keep repeating “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.” I am saying this to DH cuz I don’t have a little Toto!!!!

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Too funny. Did you have a long drive home? I saw on the news that snow was falling in the metro. My youngest brother and his two kids drove to Waseca today to spend Thanksgiving with us and my sister and husband. His wife is with her family in Florida.

      • treadlemusic Says:

        Just received a note from SIL and she said that my nephew/wife & kids left shortly after we did (around 4:15) and the roads were snow/slush covered and slick. They had to head more northerly from Woodbury (suburb of St. Paul on SE side/edge). We left the rain/sleet just south of Red Wing. Dry the rest of the trip!

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Glad you got safely home and I hope the drive was not too treacherous for your nephew and family.

  2. Tom & DeLores Johnson Says:

    Beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving!


  3. Allan Landman Says:

    A Blessed Thanksgiving to you Audrey, and your entire Family. God has given us so much, and now it is time to share it and look around at all he made for us. God Bless you and all the readers of your Great Blog. My God be with us all.

  4. Lovely Psalm and photos to go with it. Great job!

  5. ljhlaura Says:

    Wonderful post … was blessed by it … thank you! Love the print of the prairie and the powerful photo of the soldiers at communion. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thank you. I find that photo of the soldiers powerful too. You can only imagine how significant this was for these soldiers to partake in The Lord’s Supper, to kneel on that hard ground, on that foreign soil so far from family and friends, knowing the danger (and very reality of death) they faced.

  6. Sartenada Says:

    As an art lover I love “The Prairie is My Garden”. I could say that it is an art of “time travel”!

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