Author: Byron Pulsifer, © 2012
As we sit together around this table,
We want to say thank you for allowing us
To be together in a world where so many families
Do not have this opportunity to do so.
Give us pause as we celebrate, to count our blessings
For without your blessing, this day would not be counted.
For we have so many thanks to say to you
As we prepare to enjoy the food you have
So bountifully allowed us to share,
And to extend our blessings with one another yet another day.
Lord, it is not that we do not appreciate
Your blessings as each day unfolds
It is only that we do not thank you
As often as each day brings with it your blessings.
Please forgive us for not counting you
As our true friend, our true light
As often as we should, Oh Lord,
For without you, we are lost.
We thank you for showing us our failures
So that we may see more opportunities,
To experience the joy of overcoming obstacles in life
As you daily guide us through each challenge.
And, Oh Lord, thank you for saving us
For without you, we would suffer forever.
It is only through your graces, Oh Lord,
That we sit here today united within our home.
Father In Heaven
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
For flowers that bloom about our feet;
for tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
for song of bird, and hum of bee;
for all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
Thank You Lord
Author: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2012
For being there for us anytime, anyplace,
For giving us shoes to walk upon,
For the pretty song birds and the active bees,
For hearing fairness, and witnessing integrity,
Lord, we thank you.
The rain that falls, for growth of our crops,
For bountiful fruit trees that help nourish our bodies,
For the shelter you have allowed us to live in,
For the blessings of families within our home,
Lord, we thank you.
For the dawn to give us another day to serve you,
For our work so that we may feed our family,
For the cooling winds of summer and shade of trees,
For a day to relax and worship,
Lord, we thank you.
For our food upon the table,
For protection from the cold of night,
For giving us your Son to lead us to your light, .
For all that you so unselfishly provide,
Lord, in Jesus name we thank you.
Words About Thanksgiving and Prayer:
Begin by thanking Him for some little thing, and then go on, day by day, adding to your subjects of praise; thus you will find their numbers grow wonderfully; and, in the same proportion, will your subjects of murmuring and complaining diminish, until you see in everything some cause for thanksgiving.
Thank God you are still here and that his plan for your life is being fulfilled. Remember life is what you make it, stay positive and focus and walk by faith and not by sight.
Shareta Berry, 31 Days Of Inspiration
Oh, Lord! How can we thank You? For we have seen the light;
we realize without You we are lost.
Greta Zwaan, Stooping To Save
But sometimes we let our ordinary daily lives overwhelm us and we forget to include thanksgiving in our prayers.
Rachel Larkin, 21 Prayers of Thanksgiving
We should make our requests to God with thanksgiving, as Paul wrote: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Phil. 4:6).
David Servant, The Disciple-Making Minister
Because Christ has come for sinners, we can offer all our concerns, fears, worries and faint hopes to God in prayer with thanksgiving, so we need not be anxious about anything.
Then there is the appreciating side of prayer when we offer praise and thanksgiving to God for who He is and what He has done.
Mary Southerland, The Handprints of God
Make a prayer acknowledging yourself as a vehicle of light, giving thanks for the good that has come that day and an affirmation of intent to live in harmony with all your relations.
This week, try turning a worried thought into one of gratitude by whispering prayers of thanksgiving each time an anxious thought comes into your mind.
Sarah Young, The Jesus Always
Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.