Thanksgiving is a time for togetherness... it's an occasion to be spent in the warm and loving company of family, loved ones and friends enjoying turkey roast and pumpkin pies with them. Thanksgiving is also an opportunity to renew the ties that bind us with the ones we love... it is a time for remembering, cherishing and being thankful for all the good things you have been blessed with. So it's time to say 'Happy Thanksgiving'

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Thanksgiving Prayers


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A festive table dressed with turkey, cranberries, apple or pumpkin pies, sweet potatoes and other delicious delicacies and a family offering its written or spoken prayers to the Lord in gratitude for blessing them with plenty. This idyllic picture greets us every year on Thanksgiving. It is made even special when all this merry making is preceded by a devout expression of thanks to the Lord for bestowing upon us a life nourished with love, happiness and togetherness. In our everyday lives, very few of us find enough time to pray but Thanksgiving is one occasion which makes possible this communion with the Divine Spirit. Our ancestors, the Pligrims looked to the Bible in times of strain and strife for strength, vigour and vitality. Their prayers were finally answered in the form of a grandiose harvest in 1621 and we Americans are still garnering the benefits.

The celebrated Feast of the Tabenacles in the Leviticus; Samuel; Thelassonians; Corinthians or nearly the whole Bible instructs man to thank God for showering mankind with immense prowess and the world with such seen and unseen beauty. But leaving the rest of the Bible, a look at the Book of Psalms and a prayer uttered from there alone can do wonders on Thanksgiving.
  • “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be moved, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swellings thereof. Selah." (Psalm 46:1-3)


Or a simple child's prayer could also go a long way in conveying our gratitude to the supreme Being for endowing such largesse:
  • Thank you God for all that grows,
    Thank you for the sky's rainbows,
    Thank you for the stars that shine,
    Thank you for these friends of mine,
    Thank you for the moon and sun,
    Thank you God for all you've done!

The Lord’s Prayer
  • Our Father, Who art in heaven,
    Hallowed be Thy Name;
    Thy Kingdom come;
    Thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread
    and forgive us our trespassesas we forgive those who trespass against us,
    and lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.


Psalm 100
  • Make a joyful noise unto the
    Lord, all the lands!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!
    Know that the Lord is God!
    It is he that made us, and we are his;
    we are his people,
    and the sheep of his pasture.
    Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him, bless his name!
    For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures for ever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

Thank thee, Lord
  • Thank thee, Lord
    For all thy many blessings,
    thank thee, Lord.
    I have bread,
    thank thee, Lord.
    for room and board.
    thank thee, Lord.
    for friends and family.
    God takes such good care of me.

For more traditional Thanksgiving prayers, drop in at :

May the years ahead exude peace, love, success and satisfaction for all of us.
Amen

3 Comments:

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Baghdad Bob

2:23 AM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

That was really nice Sean, thank you!

:-)

5:04 AM  
Blogger Joeb said...

Thank you so much, the prayer was perfect. it was the cherry on our pumpkin pie.My 3 sons my wife and I thank you.


Joeb

5:37 PM  

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