Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Joy Accompanied Me As I Walked (Thanksgiving Meditations and Prayers) …

A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked …
— Anais Nin from The Quotable Anais Nin (Diary 4)


The Place I Want To Get Back To

I go out to the dunes and look
and look and look
into the faces of the flowers;
and then one of them leaned forward

and nuzzled my hand, and what can my life
bring to me that could exceed
that brief moment?
For twenty years

I have gone every day to the same woods,
not waiting, exactly, just lingering.
Such gifts, bestowed,
can’t be repeated.

If you want to talk about this
come to visit. I live in the house
near the corner, which I have named
— Mary Oliver from Thirst (“The Place I Want To Get Back To”)


In everything, give thanks …
— 1 Thessalonians 5:18


Thanksgiving Prayers

Let us go around the table now and each of us speak about one blessing we received and one blessing we gave today.
— Inspired by Brother David Steindl-Rast from A Grateful Heart


Mother, Father, God,
For the sacred circle of family and friendship,
we thank you and ask that, with your guidance,
we may widen and deepen those circles by touching
others with love and understanding. Blessings be.
— Sue Patton Thoele from A Grateful Heart


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