Thanksgiving Day Prayer …

For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thornbush
Is aflame with your glory,
O God our creator,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Walter Rauschenbusch

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There Is A Calmness To A Life Lived In Gratitude …

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is “thank you,” that would suffice.
—  Meister Eckhart

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
— Epictetus

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.
— Charles Dickens

Gratitude is the highest form of acceptance. Like patience, it is one of the catalytic agents, one of the alchemist’s secrets, for turning dross to gold, hell to heaven, death to life. Where there is gratitude we get the teaching. Where there is resistance we discover only that it keeps us painfully ignorant.
—  Stephen Levine

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
— Ralph H. Blum

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
— Richard Bach

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
— Kahlil Gibran

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude & Nature:
Watch “TEDxSF – Louie Schwartzberg – Gratitude

Prayer for Expressing Gratitude …

Gracious God, in the busy-ness of my day,
I sometimes forget to stop to thank you
for all that is good in my life.

My blessings are many
and my heart is filled
with gratefulness for the gift of living,
for the ability to love
and be loved,
for the opportunity to see
the everyday wonders of creation,
for sleep and water,
for a mind that thinks
and a body that feels.

I thank you, too,
for those things in my life that are less
than I would hope them to be.
Things that seem challenging,
unfair, or difficult.
When my heart feels stretched and empty,
and pools of tears form in my weary eyes,
still I rejoice that you are
as near to me as my next breath
and that in the midst of turbulence,
I am growing and learning.

In the silence of my soul,
I thank you most of all
for your unconditional
and eternal love.
Amen.

— Written by Renée Miller – Explore Faith

A New Year’s Prayer …

Holy Father,
God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.
We praise You for Your unequalled greatness.

Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead.
Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more.
To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them.
To teach others to love by loving them.
Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us.
So that Love could be with us, and we could know You.
That we could share Love with others.

Help us, Father, to hear Your love song in every sunrise,
in the chirping of sparrows in our backyards,
in the stories of our old folks, and the fantasies of our children.
Help us to stop and listen to Your love songs,
so that we may know You better and better.

We rejoice in the world You loved into being.
Thank You for another new year and for new chances every day.

We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others.
Forgive us for falling short this past year.
We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the
unknown new year knowing You will go with us.

We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what’s ahead,
depending on You to help us do exactly what You want..

I say it again, we rejoice!
In Jesus name,

Amen

— Author Unknown