Saying Grace - Norman Rockwell
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Grace Before Thanksgiving Day Dinner
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation!
Through your goodness we have so much
for which to be thankful.
Make us grateful for all you have given us;
let our needs and desires not blind us to all we have.
Make us grateful for those who love us;
let no grudge or anger keep us from family and friends.
Make us grateful for those who are with us;
let no grief isolate us from their loving embrace.
Make us grateful for the good work we have done:
let our failures not weigh us down
or blind us to your mercy.
Make us grateful for the freedom we enjoy;
let us never take it for granted.
Make us grateful for the peace we find in you;
let no other cause or victory take its place.
Make us grateful for our dreams;
let no disappointment keep us from hope.
Make us grateful for our faith in you;
let no doubt keep us from your love.
Make us grateful for the meal we are about to share
and make us mindful of those who have so much less.
May we be strengthened to change
what keeps so many hungry while others have too much.
Give us grateful hearts, O God,
to praise and thank you
in good times and in bad,
in sickness and in health,
in joy and in sorrow.
This is the day you have made, O Lord:
let us rejoice, be glad
and for it give you thanks and praise!
(Amd here's a prayer for those who grieve the loss of loved ones at Thanksgiving...)
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