Here’s an opening prayer of gratitude for Thanksgiving Day (or other service of celebration). It was written by Sarah Buteux.
Prayer of Gratitude
O Lord, as we prepare to celebrate and give thanks this year,
may we find it in our hearts to be grateful no matter what.
May we praise you for what we can do
and praise you in spite of what we can't.
May we thank you for what is and what isn't,
for what is going well and for what is not.
May we thank you for what brings us joy
and even for that which brings us grief,
for if our grief testifies to anything,
it testifies to the depths of our love.
Bless us and keep us, dear God, we pray,
and turn our hearts ever and always
toward your all encompassing light,
you who are our creator and savior,
our redeemer and friend. Amen and amen.
~ written by Sarah Buteux. Posted on MINEmergent’s Daily Communique, January 18, 2013