Thanksgiving Prayer

by Edie Wadsworth on November 26, 2008

from the Lutheran prayer book:
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever.  Lord God, heavenly Father, You have created me and endowed me with all that I am or have as a pure gift of Your fatherly divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me.  You sustain me from day to day with the gifts of daily bread in the food that I eat, the family that surrounds me, the friends I enjoy, the country where I live, and countless other benefits that I constantly receive from Your open hand.  On the Day of Thanksgiving, cause me to gratefully remember the good gifts that You shower upon me.  Deepen in me the knowledge of Your goodness, and awaken my heart to praise You for all of Your gifts, especially the forgiveness of sins that You have purchased and won for me and the whole world in the atoning death of Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Keep me mindful of Your mercies every day, and grant that I may thank, praise, serve, and obey You not only with my lips but also with a life dedicated to the service of my neighbor.  To You, O Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, praise and thanksgiving, now and forever. 
Amen.

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1 Mandi November 26, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Thank you for sharing this beautiful prayer. It is so easy to get distracted and forget our real reasons to be thankful.

Did you get that list done yet? Mine is growing by the second!

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2 Sandy Toes November 26, 2008 at 1:05 pm

How beautiful!!!
-sandy toes

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3 Denise C November 26, 2008 at 5:33 pm

BEAUTIFUL Prayer!
I pray that you have a most blessed Thanksgiving with your precious family!!!
Hugs to you, sweet friend!
Denise C

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4 TMI November 26, 2008 at 9:33 pm

This is so lovely and a good reminder of the many things we have to be grateful for. Thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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5 gina November 26, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!!

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6 Hi! I'm Kirsten... November 27, 2008 at 10:33 am

Oh I LOOOOOVE this. And it is so what I needed this early Thanksgiving morning, before getting in the car to head to my mum’s.

Happy Thanksgiving Edie!!

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7 cindy November 27, 2008 at 3:25 pm

Edie, Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. You and your family top my list of things I am Thankful for this year. Many blessings to you all!

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8 Jessica November 28, 2008 at 1:17 am

Happy Thanksgiving Edie. I hope you pulled it off…I’m sure you did a fabulous job.

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9 Keli December 1, 2008 at 3:11 am

Wow..that was beautiful Edie. Thank you for sharing. xo Keli

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