A Prayer of Thanksgiving

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

Our God,

we welcome with anticipation this Thanksgiving week

–our one authentic religious holiday shared by

religious and skeptics alike—time to rest and play,

to gather with family and friends

around abundant tables, football games,

and appropriate pauses in which we remind ourselves

to be grateful for your many blessings,

and to confess that we have much

for which to be thankful.

It is inadequate, we know, for us to set aside

this one day to express our thankfulness,

for you bless us daily

and in ways too numerous to count.

 

But we are grateful our God,

for all your many blessings:

For peace in our land,

for freedom,

and for those who guard it’s fragile sustaining;

for the love of family

and the faithfulness of friends;

for secure homes, and warm beds,

and an abundance of material blessings

un-imagined by half of this world’s population.

 

Thank you for health

and for your sustaining grace in our illnesses;

And for your Church,

who teaches us to be better persons,

by loving you and others, and ourselves.

 

And thank you

for privileges and affluence may they be always the blessings

you intend them to be;

help us guard our souls in this

that we may be righteous builders of your kingdom.

 

But above all,

thank you for new life in your Son, Jesus Christ,

For in that life we find the hope

that our tomorrows will be better,

and brighter, and fuller, than our yesterdays.

Amen.

 

-Israel Galindo, November 23, 1997


Israel Galindo is Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at the Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the author of the bestseller, The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Alban), Perspectives on Congregational Leadership (Educational Consultants), and Leadership in Ministry.

Galindo contributes to the Wabash Center’s blog for theological school deans. 

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