Thanks Giving

I have a little book where I record poems, prayers and promises.  I will share one with you.  This has been a hard year for many people, and the future may look grim, but this prayer calls us to pause and remember the most important things in life and to be thankful.  This prayer, by the Rev. Dr. Vienna Cobb Anderson, is from her book, Prayers of Our Hearts.

Prayer of Thanksgiving


God of all blessings
Source of all life
Giver of all grace:

We thank you for the gift of life:
For the breath that sustains life
For the food of this earth that nurtures life,
For the love of family and friends
Without which there would be no life.

We thank you for the mystery of creation:
For the beauty that the eye can see
For the joy that the ear may hear
For the unknown that we cannot behold filling
The universe with wonder,
For the expanse of space
That draws us beyond the definitions of ourselves.

We thank you for setting us in communities:
For families who nurture our becoming
For friends who love us by choice,
For companions at work who share our daily burdens
And daily tasks,
For strangers who welcome us into their midst
For people from other lands
who call us to grow in understanding
For children
Who lighten our moments with delight
For the unborn
Who offer us hope for the future.

We thank you this day for life
And one more day to love
For opportunity
And one more day to work for justice and peace
For neighbors
And one more person to love
And by whom to be loved,

For your grace
And one more experience of your presence,
For your promise:
To be with us
To be our God
And to give salvation

For these and all blessings
We give you thanks
Eternal, loving God,
Through Jesus Christ we pray,

Amen

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About SallyK

A little blog about the ordinary and not so ordinary things our family does, places we travel, things we see. Like travel, cooking, family stories, book reviews, music? You will find it all here - comments welcome!
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