24 November 2016

Grace Before Thanksgiving Day Dinner

It is Thanksgiving in America today. So with that in mind, we give thanks...

Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation!

Through your goodness we have so much
for which to give you thanks and praise...


Make us grateful for all you've given us;
may our desire for more not blind us to all we have... 


Make us grateful for all who love us;
may no grudge or anger keep us distant
from family and friends, neighbors and colleagues... 


Make us grateful for those who are with us;
may no grief isolate us from their loving embrace... 


Make us grateful for the good work we have done:
may our mistakes and failures not weigh us down
or blind us to your mercy... 


Make us grateful for the freedom we enjoy;
may we never take it for granted... 


Make us grateful for the peace we find in you;
let no other cause or victory take its place... 


Make us grateful for our dreams;
let no disappointment keep us from hope... 


Make us grateful for our faith in you;
let no doubt cloud our trusting in your love...


Make us grateful for the meals we share
and mindful of all who have so much less... 


Nourish and strengthen us
to change what keeps so many hungry
while others, like us, have more than we need...


Give us grateful hearts, O God, to praise and thank you:
in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health,
in plenty and in want, in sorrow and in joy...


This is the day you have made, O Lord:
let us be glad and rejoice in it
and give you thanks and praise!

Amen.


Source: Concord Pastor - http://concordpastor.blogspot.com.au/
Used with permission

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