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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Prayer of Thanksgiving - A Litany


“Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. ( . . . ) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1.9-11, 17).

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

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

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

For the abundance you have richly provided for us to enjoy, and from which we can abundantly share (1 Timothy 6.17-18): 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 pursuers after truth, liberty, and justice: We thank you, Lord.

For though we were once alienated and hostile in our minds, doing evil deeds, nevertheless your Son has now reconciled us to yourself in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present us holy and blameless and above reproach before you: We thank you, Lord.

For your gracious work in the lives of men, women, girls and boys: We thank you, Lord.

For the communion of saints, the fellowship of the faithful who have gone before us and those who walk with us now: We thank you, Lord.

Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord, that in him all of your promises to us are “Yes” and “Amen” (2 Corinthians 1.20); to you be praise, glory and thanksgiving, O Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Mike

{I hope you find this prayer thought provoking. But more than that, I hope this prayer will enhance your relationship with God. If you use this prayer for something other than personal use, please give credit where credit is due. Thanks, Mike}

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