All loving, wonder filled and creative God. We come together to celebrate a day of thanks and gratitude. We understand on any day there are numerous reasons to give thanks and chronicle our blessings. We realize how giving thanks humbles us and reminds us of all we have been given and our responsibility to give back to others.
On this Thanksgiving Day, we keep in mind that for many a rising tide has not lifted all boats. While our nation attempts to help those in need, this day reminds us the real work...the real aid...the real sustenance so many need will come from individuals...from us...as we share our bounty with others...with strangers...with anyone in need.
Please bless all who work to grow and market all the glorious food we lay out on our tables today. Extend your grace to those who spent countless hours to prepare and present the recipes and dishes we love and which give us so much comfort. Help us to appreciate the friends and family who gather together with us on this day to tell and retell stories which reveal who we are and the love, which binds us all together.
Oh source of all that is good...please keep close to your heart those today who are troubled, sad or alone. Inspire us to remember all those who don't have a roof over their heads...food on their table or clothes on their backs. Never let us forget how lucky we are to live in a land of plenty with so much for so many.
As we look around this table, we give thanks for all those who know our faults...see our shortcomings...recognize our limitations and yet love us.
As always, when we stop to give thanks...to love others...to welcome the stranger...feed the hungry...clothe the naked...heal the sick... and visit those in prison, it becomes much easier to realize the world is alive with the grandeur of God.