God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace: We thank you for the gift of life: for the breath that sustains life, for the food of this earth that nurtures life,for the love of family and friends without which there would be no life.
We thank you for the mystery of creation: for the beauty that the eye can see,for the joy that the ear may hear, for the unknown that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder, for the expanse of space that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves.
We thank you for setting us in communities: for families who nurture our becoming,for friends who love us by choice, for companions at work, who share our burdens and daily tasks, for strangers who welcome us into their midst,for people from other lands who call us to grow in understanding, for children who lighten our moments with delight, for the unborn, who offer us hope for the future.
We thank you for this day: for life and one more day to love, for opportunity and one more day to work for justice and peace, for neighbors and one more person to love and by whom be loved, for your grace and one more experience of your presence, for your promise: to be with us, to be our God, and to give salvation.
For these and all blessings, we give you thanks, eternal, loving God, through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Rev. Vienna Cobb Anderson
I came across this Prayer of Thanksgiving and wanted to share it with you. It reminded me of Psalm 9:1 which reads, “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” It is the time of year in which we take a moment to be thankful. I pray, as we give thanks to God during this holiday, that we are compelled to go farther and share the good news, telling of all that God has done in our lives to others!
The words Vienna wrote came directly from her heart. Her words for this prayer were inspired by her unique experience with God. In a recent interview, she shared a story of her grandfather leading daily morning and evening prayers and teaching her that liturgy and discipleship are active and alive in the heart of all God’s people.
Her grandfather’s statement ring true for us today. Like Vienna, we all have a unique experience with God. God, who created all things, interacts with us, wooing us into a deeper relationship with Him. That is something to be thankful for! That is something to share with others!
Grace and Peace,