Monday Morning Offering: 11/23

Coffee in the Morning

Good morning, good God!

Thanksgiving's just a few days away, Lord,
and I want to be ready on Thursday
to thank you for all I have,
especially what I have in abundance,
all from your generous hands:
I want to remember the ways you've helped me
since last Thanksgiving,
just a year ago...

Help me remember, Lord,
all the times when your strength, 
not my own,
got me through the really rough patches...

Help me remember
how, in your faithful love,
you never left me alone...

Help me remember
the gift of your mercy and forgiveness
each and every time I strayed from your grace...

Help me remember
how every time I prayed
you were there to hear me...

Help me remember
how I survived and moved on
past things I thought I’d never get by…

Help me remember
how you were always there to help me
when taking one more step
really seemed impossible...

Help me remember, Lord,
the people who love and care for me:
family and friends, at work and at school
and in my parish...

Help me remember as gifts
the things I often feel entitled to:
good food and clean water, warm clothing, a place to live,
safety, liberty and freedom... 

Help me remember, Lord,
especially in these pandemic days,
all who serve, protect and care for me,
whose names I do not know...

Help me remember and be grateful for
my vision, my hearing, my sense of touch
and all the good and beautiful things I experience
through my senses...

Help me remember
what I take for granted
and open my eyes
to blessing and gifts 
I haven't used - or have totally missed...

Help me remember
that every good gift comes from you, my God:
from your hand to mine,
from your heart to mine
- and all to be shared with others...

Help me remember and never forget
how many are the reasons
I have for thanking you
and praising you and thanking you 
again and again and again...

Help me remember this Thursday, Lord,
between the turkey and the football games,
help me remember to thank you
for all the blessings I count as mine...

This morning, Lord, and every day this week
I offer you my thanks and praise,
O loving God, from whom all blessings flow...


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