NIGHT PRAYER: Wednesday 11/25


It's Thanksgiving Eve, Lord,
but one like no other...

    No trip to a local church or synagogue
    for an interfaith prayer service - that's on Zoom...

    No big crowd for dinner tomorrow
    so the kitchen's clean and quiet...

    I miss that sweet aroma:
    pumpkin pies, baking in the oven...

    No high school game in the morning
    so everyone can sleep in...
    Thanksgiving Day dinner in sweats? Maybe!
    Just make sure you have a mask at hand...

    There's nothing social about distancing:
    homecoming and hugs are in quarantine...

So, it looks like all that's left 
for this Thanksgiving Day
is giving thanks to you, Lord,
for the things that truly count...
I thank you, then, for life and love, 
family and friends, wit and wisdom,
health and hope, faith and freedom,
the peace of prayer, mercy mild,
the charm of the Cape, the mystery of music
and the joy you bring, Lord Jesus...
Protect me, Lord, while I'm awake
and watch over me as I sleep
that awake I might keep watch with you
and asleep, rest in your peace...
(If a pandemic Thanksgiving isn't filling the bill for you,
look ahead, pray and hope for a day yet to come!) 
Look to the Day by John Rutter

Look to the day when the world seems new again:
Morning so fresh you could touch the sky;
The earth smells sweet and every flower looks bright,
Shining in a dewy light as you wander by.
Taking the time to enjoy each moment;
Tasting the fruits spread along your way,
Knowing there's time to spare,
Dreams you can dream and share,
Look to the day, look to the day.

Look to the day when the earth is green again:
Promise of spring after winter's sleep.
The sounds of life returning fill the air,
Music that's forever there for your heart to keep.
Deep in the earth lay the seed of life renewed,
Quiet and strong till the time of spring:
Life in each bud and shoot,
Life in each flower and fruit,
Look to that day when earth shall sing.

Look to the light that will drive out darkness;
Look to the hope that will conquer fear.
God's strength uphold us till the fight is won,
Till we see our task is done when the day is here.
Look for that day when there shall be no more pain;
Sorrow and sighing shall pass away.
Pray for the day to come,
Trust that the day will come,
Look to that day, look to the day.

Lord we give thanks for the gifts of life and health;
Plant a new seed in our hearts, we pray:
Help us to see, O Lord,
How it could be, O Lord;
Look to the day, look to the day.


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