A Thanksgiving Prayer – Charles Moore

It is important to read this prayer through to the end, even if you find it uncomfortable at times.

A Thanksgiving Prayer – by Charles Moore

O Lord, how can I thank you for the bounty on my table
and the extras stuffed in my fridge,
when thousands of children still die every day of starvation?

for the comforts of my home,
when over 600,000 Americans are homeless?

for my health,
when millions of people can’t afford to see a doctor when sick or fill the prescriptions they need?

O Lord, how can I thank you for the work I have that pays the bills,
when so many are unemployed or don’t earn a living wage?

for a life free of calamities,
when earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, and fires ravage entire populations?

for the leisure time I spend reading for pleasure,
when nearly a billion people are unable to read a book or sign their name?

O Lord, how can I thank you for a life of peace,
when bullets fly in inner cities and schools, and
when drones, landmines, missiles, and sanctions stalk the lives of millions?

for this country of ours, so blessed and free,
when the soldiers who fought for it are killing themselves at a rate of 22 a day?

for the wonders of nature,
when half the people on this planet are stuck in cities?

O Lord, how can I thank you for my wife’s tender love,
when half the marriages around me will fall apart?

for my child’s smile,
when more than one in four children don’t even live with their fathers?

for my daughter’s happiness
when thousands of teenage girls are cutting or starving themselves in quiet desperation?

O Lord, how can I thank you for the freedom to go where I want, say what I think, and do what I like,
when up to 27 million people work as slaves or are trafficked for commercial sex exploitation every year?

for friends to love and who love me,
when every fifth person lives alone and has no more than one significant conversation every six months?

for giving me faith and hope, a reason to live,
when one in ten American adults reports they are depressed?

O Lord, how can I thank you for all the blessings you bestow,
unless I spend less on myself,
give more to others,
befriend the friendless,
help the helpless,
strengthen the weak,
lift up the downcast,
give faith to the faithless,
pray for the hopeless,
thank the thankless,
defend the defenseless,
embrace the rejected,
clothe the naked,
and feed the hungry?

O Lord, I do thank you,
for I have so much to thank you for.

But one thing I ask of you, and one thing only:
help me to thank you not just with heart and lips,
but by the very life I live.

From:  http://www.plough.com/en/articles/2013/november/a-thanksgiving-prayer

A Litany of Thanksgiving – Book of Common Prayer

A Litany of Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.

For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea.
We thank you, Lord.

For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ,
We thank you, Lord.

For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends,
We thank you, Lord.

For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve,
We thank you, Lord.

For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play,
We thank you, Lord.

For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity,
We thank you, Lord.

For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice,
We thank you, Lord.

For the communion of saints, in all times and places,
We thank you, Lord.

(add your thanks …… )

Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and
promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord;
To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the
Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer (1979) p 837


Praise – P Joel Snider

Praise differs from thanksgiving, which is offered for a specific reason or a particular gift. Praise does not depend on any single deed or gift of God. It is a prayer, chorus, or hymn directed to God out of endless wonder from our endless discovery of who God is.

Praise goes beyond thanksgiving to express our amazement at God’s concern for us that exceeds our expectation, merit, or imagination. Thus, praising God begins in surprise. God provides more. God is more than we had hoped or dared to imagine.

From: P. Joel Snider, The Upper Room Disciplines 2015: A Book of Daily Devotions, reading for June 3, 2015, p 166

(Check Discipleswalk.org for a some additional thoughts.)

Come, ye thankful people, come – Henry Alford

Come, ye thankful people, come,
raise the song of harvest home;
all is safely gathered in,
ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide
for our wants to be supplied;
come to God’s own temple, come,
raise the song of harvest home.

All the world is God’s own field,
fruit as praise to God we yield;
wheat and tares together sown
are to joy or sorrow grown;
first the blade and then the ear,
then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we
wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
and shall take the harvest home;
from the field shall in that day
all offenses purge away,
giving angels charge at last
in the fire the tares to cast;
but the fruitful ears to store
in the garner evermore.

Even so, Lord, quickly come,
bring thy final harvest home;
gather thou thy people in,
free from sorrow, free from sin,
there, forever purified,
in thy presence to abide;
come, with all thine angels, come,
raise the glorious harvest home.

United Methodist Hymnal, 1989; Author: Henry Alford


Made Whole Through Thanksgiving – Terry Ellis

Thanksgiving makes you whole by helping you notice things that you overlooked before. You will see evidences of God’s blessing and love that were always present, but somehow you just rushed by them. You will begin to see your family in a different light, not in terms of the trouble they cause you, but in terms of the joy they bring you. Nature becomes a resplendent and enduring testimony to God’s beauty and intricacy. You become “aware,” in the deepest spiritual meaning of the word.

From: Terry Ellis, “Made Whole Through Thanksgiving,” http://gracewavestoday.com/?p=1523

“Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Rise and go your way. Your faith has made you whole.” Luke 17:18-19