For prayers of thanks, we give thanks

Gracious God, giver of all good things,

for arising this day to draw breath, we give thanks.

For enough mental acuity to express gratitude, we give thanks.

For the sunrise’s early resplendent shout of morning, we give thanks.

For the passage of time, from then to now to then, we give thanks.

For a body capable of that which we consider essential, we give thanks.

For the car heater slowly blasting frost from the windshield, we give thanks.

For the car, a heater and a windshield, we give thanks.

For the long, protective arms of God, the windshield of our lives, we give thanks.

For the choice to wear clothing not made by little Filipino girls chained to a desk, we give thanks.

For the sight required to read what we write, we give thanks.

For the ability to read what we see, we give thanks.

For an education that teaches us both, we give thanks.

For access to readable materials from a host of perspectives, we give thanks.

For the eccentric, aging gentleman seated across from me, we give thanks.

For his freedom to wear a skirt and knee-high boots without fear of imprisonment, torture or death, we give thanks.

For the olfactory senses that bless our nostrils with the smell of our coffee, we give thanks.

For the ready availability of coffee and other non-essential niceties, we give thanks.

For those who work more hours than we can imagine to procure said niceties, we give thanks.

For those who wage spiritual warfare against the forces of hate and injustice, we give thanks.

For the choice to do the same, we give thanks.

For your sovereignty over both, we give thanks.

For your inexplicable love for those who wage war and injustice, we give thanks.

For your expectation of our similar love, we give thanks.

For your willingness to get us there, we give thanks.

For the attitude necessary to give thanks, we give thanks.

12 thoughts on “For prayers of thanks, we give thanks

  1. Rob, just to clarify… the Friday before American Thanksgiving is Black Friday? Or, is it the Friday after? Thus said, is the Good Friday we set apart in Canada at Easter time not also of significance in the USA? I’m confused… LA

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    1. Black Friday is the day immediately following American Thanksgiving. I link it to Good Friday because of the obvious irony in those things we consider central values. In America (apparently) it’s Jesus. In actual fact it’s Dollar.

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      1. YES! I hear you… and believe it or not, your American Cousin advertised that value broadly this year. I kept saying to the family… Black Friday is NOT Canadian! Nor is Cyber Monday… I mean REALLY??? How can these random and obviously consumer hatched ‘holidays’ be received with absolutely no filter in our hearts or minds? Oh boy, don’t get me started ranting again 😉

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  2. Reblogged this on innerwoven and commented:

    One could say I’m being a lazy blogger by simply reblogging my Thanksgiving piece from last year. One could. But one won’t because I still believe these things as strongly this year. Blessed Thanksgiving to one and all.

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