Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thank You, God, For Everything

I thought about waiting until tomorrow to post this, but I thought it would be good to post it a day early to get us jump-started into thinking about things for which to be thankful. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Thank you, God, for everything -
    the big things and the small,
For "every good gift comes from God" -
    the giver of them all -
And all too often we accept
    without any thanks or praise
The gifts God sends as blessings
    each day in many ways,
And so at this Thanksgiving time
    we offer up a prayer
To thank you, God, for giving us
    a lot more than our share...
First, thank you for the little things
    that often come our way,
The things we take for granted
    but don't mention when we pray,
The unexpected courtesy,
    the thoughtful, kindly deed,
A hand reached out to help us
    in the time of sudden need ...
Oh, make us more aware, dear God,
    of little daily graces
That come to us with "sweet surprise"
    from never-dreamed-of places -
Then, thank you for the "Miracles"
    we are much too blind to see,
And give us new awareness
    of our many gifts from Thee,
And help us to remember
    that the key to life and living
Is to make each prayer a prayer of thanks,
    and every day Thanksgiving.

- Helen Steiner Rice

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