A highlight from A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day
Joy to the lord all the earth, worship the lord with gladness, come before him with joyful songs. Know that the lord is God, it is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture, enter his gates with Thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thanks to him and praise his name. For the lord is good, his love endures forever. His faithfulness continues through all generations. Saw 101 through 5. All across our nation, today is a day that we set aside in order to do one thing. Be thankful, and usually what goes along with it is lots of food, family and friends, laughter and fun, times of giving to others in need, maybe some football or traditions that you've recognized through long years. And sometimes too, there is also loneliness and struggle or deep loss. Feelings of hurt and painful circumstances that you're still trying to hurt all over. Whatever you're facing this Thanksgiving Day in the midst of all of it, may we remember again that God gives us the opportunity each and every day to give worship and thanks to him. Every morning he gives us breath is his invitation to come joyfully into his presence. He reminds us that he alone is God and we belong to him. He assures us that his plans and our lives are for good. That his love covers us securely and his faithfulness extends from generation to generation. No matter what, he's given us so many reasons to choose thankfulness and joy this day. Let's do what the psalmist of this great chapter says. Shout for joy, worship the lord with gladness. Come before him with joyful songs. Know that he is God. Enter his gates with Thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. Recognize his goodness, love and faithfulness through all the generations of our family. Let us pray. Dear God, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over our lives. Forgive us for when we don't think you enough for who you are for all that you do for all that you've given. We're so grateful for your amazing love and care for your mercy and grace for always working on our behalf, even behind the scenes when we're unaware. Thank you that you are always with us and will never leave us. Even through loss and the most difficult of times. Thank you for your incredible sacrifice so that we might have freedom in life. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy, this Thanksgiving Day and every day. We give you thanks and praise for you alone are worthy.