A Thanksgiving Prayer

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As we come to the end of another Thanksgiving Day …

May we count our blessings, naming them one by one…Papas and Nanas, Aunts and Uncles, Mamas and Daddies, children and grandchildren, cousins and second cousins, friends and family, turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy,  pumpkin pie and real whipped cream, coffee and hot chocolate.

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May we celebrate our victories with a humble heart …realizing every good and perfect gift comes down from heaven above!

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May we remember our losses while being  thankful  God held us close to His heart all the way through.

May we look with anticipation for those new mercies God has promised every morning as if someone were looking  for a sentimental family keepsake after a storm left their home unrecognizable…yes, even then!

May we not lose sight of today’s grace …even in the simple smile of another human being.

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May we thank God for those surprise blessings wrapped in friendships new and old.

May we find the time to say, “I’m thankful for you…I really am!”

May we make that phone call, send that text, write that letter or e-mail –using forgiveness to pry that door open that seems rusted shut from the hurts  that were left out in the rain. Life is short. Shorten your list.

May we look at all the uncertainties of our current political climate through Heaven’s forecast…securely sheltered in the arms of God …knowing He reigns over all the earth.

May we stop and breathe in the beauty and wonder God has placed all around us …the birds, the sky, the laughter, the music, the crunch of leaves beneath our feet, listening to the  “rattle” the rocks make as you walk over them –as our granddaughter, Haddie, describes it.

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May we appreciate the seasons of life and  the   friendships that bloomed in each one…whether annuals or perennials–every one a gift of beauty in life’s garden that has enriched our heart-soil.

May the  pile of dishes and leftovers and messes be a reminder that we do have friends and family to share this day with …that we weren’t completely alone.

And for those who were alone, may you know that God saw youHe heard your cryHe longs to sit with you and comfort you and show you how much He loves you and how thankful He is for you …really thankful!  Open your heart and let Him come in … He’ll never leave you or abandon you.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

II Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)

 

 

 

 

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