From the Book of Common Prayer 1979 of the Episcopal Church, USA
A Litany of Thanksgiving
Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.
For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea, We thank you, Lord.
For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ, We thank you, Lord.
For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends, We thank you, Lord.
For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve, We thank you, Lord.
For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play, We thank you, Lord.
For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity, We thank you, Lord.
For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice, We thank you, Lord.
For the communion of saints, in all times and places, We thank you, Lord.
Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord; To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
Amen! Great words of praise and thanks to start my day with.
This is dedicated to Barb, who last week suffered the loss of a childhood friend, and of her aunt.
Be thankful for each bright dear friend
caught in the net of love you cast,
for all good things must come to end,
and the words you say may be the last
kindness that their hearts will hear
as they walk upon this Earth,
so let them know, and do be clear,
just what they are truly worth.
And the affirmation that you give
may be the last you pass along,
and perhaps it is they who’ll live
fourscore and ten without your song,
and look with longing to the day
when tears o loss are washed away.
Tears of loss, obviously, in the last line.
Ĺinda Riggs Mayfield
Once again, Andrew’s words ministered to my heart. Monday my dearly beloved husband of 54 years went to be with the Lord. We had only 35 days between his diagnosis of liver cancer and his Homegoing. I am devastated, but cling with joy to the Blessed Hope in Jesus. While waiting his turn to go up to the hospital room and tell his beloved Grandpa goodbye, our 3-year-old grandson looked at me and announced, “Grandpa’s dying.” I was caught off guard, but responded, “Yes, he is.” He looked at me with his huge blue eyes and continued, “Jesus is fixing him.” That about sums it up, doesn’t it?
Oh, my dear Linda.
Tamela Hancock Murray
Linda, I am praying for you and your family. What a dear grandson!
Kristen Joy Wilks
Amen! So many things to be thankful for, even in painful times.
I still have my Book of Common Prayer from my Confirmation Day … waaaaay back in 1970 or 71. Beautiful liturgy. There are times I miss it, but at least I can read it. And I do enjoy a more charismatic worship than the Episcopal church.
Makes me wonder if there are any Episcopal churches that have contemporary worship.
Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
Thank you, Tamala, that was lovely! God bless you and yours.
Tamela—-please forgive the earlier misspelling! Typing too fast!