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Prayers of the People November 18, 2018

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A Thanksgiving Prayer

God, we lift up our hearts this day in thanks, and ask that you make us, every day, a more grateful people:

For the silence of the night and the bustle of the day, make us grateful.  For the splashing rains and the peace of quiet seas, make us grateful.  For laughter that comes unbidden and helps us lose ourselves in sudden mirth, make us grateful.  For the tears that flow through our lives, marking sadnesses and showing us our deep need for you, make us grateful.  For the links to friends that grow through mutual appreciation and glad obligation, make us grateful.  For family whose bond to us is of flesh and also of love, make us grateful.  For bountiful food, grown, shipped, prepared, cooked and served for us, make us grateful.  For your presence among us, that teaches us that we may trust your provision for us always, God, make us grateful.

And for your greatest gift, the gift of love revealed to us through Jesus Christ, make us especially grateful.  Let our appreciation for the gift of your Son reprioritize all other commitments and values.  Help us to measure the bounty of our lives, as he did, by the depth of our loves, the breadth of our friendships, the sincerity of our faithfulness.  And then let us stand in awe at our riches – a grateful people whose faith in you has healed us from lesser loyalties and saved us for communion with you.

As we look forward to sharing a splendid Thanksgiving dinner, remind us that a feast is more than food.  For we have learned at Christ’s table, that even a simple taste of bread and cup satisfies our deepest hungers.  So let our Thanksgiving meal be a reminder of his perfect meal, where your love for us reaches out to fill us, to comfort us, to heal us, and to satisfy us.  Let our Thanksgiving meal this year be a feast of splendid proportions – full of your healing, hopeful, saving love.  And let our gratitude be for us a double blessing.

Hear, dear Lord, the thanks of our peaceful and grateful hearts today.  And hear us as we say together the words of prayer your son taught us … the Lord’s Prayer.  Amen.