Thankful for the Overlooked Things
AS WE APPROACH THANKSGIVING, it is our custom to pause and give thanks. Perhaps in your family, you even take time to do this around the traditional Thanksgiving meal. That is good and appropriate.
James 1:17 reminds us that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” If this is the case, then our thanksgiving needs to be unending. Because everything we have comes from God.
Recently I read this Puritan prayer called “Praise and Thanksgiving.” As I prayed this prayer, I was struck by the many things in life we take for granted. For example, the ability to walk or the ability to taste food...and the list goes on. All of these things find their source in God and therefore we truly do have much reason to be thankful.
Let this prayer guide your prayer of thanksgiving this week.
O MY GOD,
You are the fairest, greatest, first of all objects
my heart admires, adores, loves you
for my little vessel is as full as it can be
and I would pour out all that fullness before you in ceaseless flow.
When I think upon you and talk with you
ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,
ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
crowding into every moment of happiness.
I bless you for the soul you have created,
for the body you have given me,
for preserving its strength and vigor,
for providing senses to enjoy delights,
for the ease and freedom of my limbs,
for hands, eyes, ears that do your bidding,
for your royal bounty providing my daily support,
for a full table and overflowing cup,
for appetite, taste, sweetness,
for social joys of relatives and friends,
for ability to serve others,
for a heart the feels sorrows and necessities,
for a mind to care for my fellow-men,
for opportunities of spreading happiness around,
for loved ones in the joys of heaven,
for my own expectations of seeing you clearly.
I love you above the powers of language to express, for what you are to your creatures.
Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity. Amen.
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