Thanksgiving Prayers

Thanksgiving Day is a beautiful time to reflect on God’s goodness in our lives. We are reminded to really focus our hearts on who God is and how much He loves us. It’s an opportunity to ask God to align our hearts with His, so we can see through His eyes, and love with His love.

As we give our thanks to God, we become aware of the many ways – large and small – He is involved in our daily lives. Thanksgiving is a time to recommit, through our prayers, to live in gratitude each day. Our Thanksgiving prayers can open our hearts to be more thankful, and to pay attention to what God is doing in our lives daily – even (and especially) on difficult days.

As I began to prepare for my Thanksgiving prayer time, I wondered what kinds of prayers people are praying. I found this beautiful website that shares prayers for Thanksgiving, along with prayers for many other moments of our lives. It’s a resource I have bookmarked and will revisit often. I hope you will enjoy their collection of Thanksgiving prayers as much as I did:

12 Thanksgiving Prayers for Family, Children & Dinner Times

May God bless you and  your family on this Thanksgiving Day.

A Prayer for Veteran’s Day

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for your love and for the amazing people you have brought into our lives.

We know that today, many of the people we love are remembering painful moments. Many are suffering from the trauma of wars. Please bring them your love and comfort. Please heal the pain of trauma. Give them the peace that only you can give.

Many of us are mourning the loss of our friends and family because of war. Bring us comfort. Help us to remember sweet things about those who are gone, so we can continue to celebrate their lives, even as we mourn.

God, thank you for every person who is serving or has served to protect our country and to bring greater freedom, hope, and peace into our world. We are thankful beyond words, but you hear our hearts. We want to honor their lives, their service, and their families through our prayers of gratitude.

Please forgive each of us for the ways we undermine that peace in our daily lives and interactions, through our thoughts, words, and actions. Help us to stay in your peace.

For all the people who serve in our armed forces today, and for all the veterans who have served, we ask that you keep them safe, bless their lives, and bless their families. Let them know how much you love them.

Thank you, Jesus, for how much you love us. As we remember the people who have died serving our country, we remember too that you died for us, to bring freedom from bondage and to give us eternal life. We thank you today with our whole hearts.

Amen

A Shoebox of Hope

I remember one Christmas when I was a teenager, I opened a box from my cousin who lived on the other side of the country. She had stuffed it full of goodies – “little things,” she called them, but they meant so much to me. She had listened closely, through letters and visits, and knew my heart really well. The items in her box were handpicked especially for me.

It wasn’t the size of the item that mattered; it was the way each item spoke to my heart and affirmed me. The contents of the box told me how much she cared and how important I was to her. The timing was also significant because I had just lost my father. The Christmas box from my cousin was a way to celebrate life in the midst of grieving. That’s where I first learned that really good things can come in a small box.

I love the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas shoeboxes. Just like my cousin’s Christmas box, these shoeboxes tell a child that you care enough to pay attention to his or her needs. And that a lot of love can be stuffed into a tiny box. More importantly, your shoebox sends the love of Christ. Your gifts tell this child that God loves him or her so much that He moved someone’s heart from miles away to fill their Christmas with joy, love, and hope. Your shoebox allows God to touch a child’s heart with His love.

Operation Christmas Child’s shoebox collection week is only one week away! There is still time to send your love and prayers to one of God’s kids this Christmas. Have fun! God bless you.

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