Post by Pastor Adam Stoddard
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s an agreed upon opportunity for us to all slow down a little bit, get together with family and friends, and join our hearts in a time of gratitude and joy.
For many, Thanksgiving has little to do with Pilgrims and Native Americans anymore. But for all, this should be a time for us to become mindful of God’s goodness and provision in our lives. It’s also an opportunity to pray and seek God’s guidance in the days, months, and years ahead.
Below, you’ll find a Thanksgiving Prayer Guide which my family and I have used for several years. I don’t quite remember where we found the original source for it but we like it because it adds some structure and intentionality to our time together on Thanksgiving Day.
You can use it at three separate times during the day; morning, noon, and night, or you can recite it at the beginning, middle, and end of your meal together. Either way, I pray it’s a helpful tool for you and your family to center your hearts in gratitude as you give thanks to God for His many blessings.
Thanksgiving Prayer Guide
In the morning as you rise,
Thank God for the gifts of the morning,
For the people you see,
And for the hope of this new day.
Read Psalm 147:1-11
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
Whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy;
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.
In the afternoon, at the table,
Thank God for the people around the table,
For the people absent from the table,
And for what God has done in your life.
Lift to God those who have no food,
Those who are alone,
And those who suffer.
Read Psalm 138:1-6
We marvel, O God,
That You love us before we love you.
By Your Spirit, help us to do unto others
As You have done unto us;
Feeding others as You have first fed us;
Blessing others as You have first blessed us;
Giving to others as You have first given to us.
In the evening, before you rest,
Thank God for the joys of the day,
For the gift of life,
For Christ’s love for the world,
And for the hope that tomorrow brings.
Read Psalm 30:1-5, 11-12
Loving God, when evening falls and labors cease,
We turn to You in quiet peace,
With grateful hearts for blessing past
And hope for future joys that last.