As we gather round our tables of plenty on Thanksgiving, let us count the many blessings in our lives, and then remember those who stand in the margins; struggling, lonely and hungry.
We give thanks for this abundance of food, which is lovingly prepared and shared in communion with each other. We remember those who have nothing to fill their stomachs, and no one to break bread with. May God nourish their souls and give them sustenance. For these we pray.
We give thanks for our families and friends, who are steady support through our sorrows and joys. We remember those who are alone, who spend holidays, and most days, in despair and isolation. May God cradle them in His loving arms when they have no one else to turn to. For these we pray.
We give thanks for the homes we gather in, for they are warm in temperature and in spirit. They are places of love and rest from the difficulties of life. We remember those who are homeless, who have no place to escape from their weariness. May God create a spiritual resting place where they can heal and find peace. For these we pray.
We give thanks for good health, for bodies and minds that are free from disease and illness. We remember the sick and the dying who are struggling each day. May God, in all His mercy, give them comfort in their darkest hours. For these we pray.
We give thanks for our country, which is a land of abundance and personal freedom. We remember those who live in war-torn countries, raising families amidst violence and uncertainty. May God tenderly protect them from harm and offer a safe haven from an otherwise violent world. For these we pray.
As we gather round our tables of plenty, let us bow our heads in deep gratitude for the abundant blessings we have been given. On this Thanksgiving, and on every day before and after, may we give thanks to our God for each and every gift He has bestowed. And for those whose lives are not as plentiful, let us keep them in our sure and steady prayers.