generosity of so many people and in the hopes the prayer would be used by families
throughout the area as they gathered on Thanksgiving. I didn't write one last year because
my pride, shame, guilt, and sorrow seemed to preclude one. I was wrong. In the midst of
depression and pain and recrimination is precisely the time to be most thankful and filled
with gratitude for so much. Here is my prayer for this year...
Bless this day and all who gather to be thankful. As we pray this year, let us
remember those who have lost jobs, homes, confidence, and faith. This year has left many
with less and in great need. Bless those who are scared and worried. Help them to see a
way back to hope and out of fear. May we remember those who grow and produce the food
we have this day. We are so grateful for those who spent long hours and days cooking and
preparing the meal we gather to share. Some families will be separated on this day. Bless
them and help them to bridge any distance with the love and care they hold for one another.
Lord, give us the grace to appreciate all we have. It is so easy to take love, friendship,
generosity, and forgiveness for granted. Thank you once again for those who contributed
their time and treasure to help strangers in need...the least of their brothers and sisters.
These are times when it is easy to despair. Thank you for all those in our lives who care
enough to reach out and comfort and encourage us. Finally, Lord, never let us forget all
we have been given; how the darkest times can reveal the best in ourselves and others;
and on this Thanksgiving Day, how the World Is Alive With he Grandeur of God.