O Gentle God, as we prepare for Thanksgiving, if only we could remember our blessings as well as we remember our complaints, we would overflow with thanksgiving every day.
Why is it, Lord, that we tend to covet rather than to be thankful? We think more about what we do not have than what we possess. We see the grass greener in another’s life than in our own. We need to count our blessings, one by one, rather than compare our lot in life.
Our blessings are bountiful: love of family that cannot be purchased; friendship of others that cannot be measured; beauty of earth that we cannot create; and unknown blessings already on their way.
O Lord. Let us find thanksgiving in our hearts; compassion in our action; and find integrity in our personal living.
Bless each of us, we pray, so that as we have received, so may we give. This is the day You have made, O Lord: let us rejoice, be glad and for it give You thanks and praise. Amen.
Rev. Ron McCauley, Chaplain
St. Joseph’s Hospital