Wishing You Peace and Love on Thanksgiving Day

On this Thanksgiving Day, let us approach this new season with a sense of peace and the constant reminder that the Lord is in control. I post this well-known prayer in hopes you might appreciate reading it again.

From St. Francis of Assisi:

Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

When I was a girl, I thought every family was like mine: loving, caring, and genuinely fond of one another. I didn’t grow up hearing arguments over social issues and politics, and certainly not religion since we are all professing Christians. Well, maybe some good-natured ribbing about Baptists versus Methodists.

We rose above differences to put family first. I remember good food, good times, and laughter and will have more with family this year. My prayer is that you will be blessed with fun and warm memories this year as well. May you also be blessed by this Thanksgiving prayer from the 1928 edition of The Book of Common Prayer:

TO our prayers, O Lord, we join our unfeigned thanks for all thy mercies; for our being, our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and raiment, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life. Above all, we adore thy mercy in sending thy only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and eternal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty towards thee. We bless thee for thy patience with us, notwithstanding our many and great provocations; for all the directions, assistances, and comforts of thy Holy Spirit; for thy continual care and watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives; and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day; beseeching thee to continue these thy blessings to us, and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to his laws, through whose merits and intercession we received them all, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

I leave you with this advice from St. Teresa of Avila. May your Thanksgiving and the rest of your year be blessed.

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

 

15 Responses to Wishing You Peace and Love on Thanksgiving Day

  1. Christine L Henderson November 23, 2017 at 6:13 am #

    Thanks for sharing both of those prayers! I am thankful for the many blessings God has bestowed on my country and my life just as the pilgrims were centuries ago.

  2. Loretta Eidson November 23, 2017 at 6:56 am #

    Beautiful prayers! I, too, was raised in a Christian home where there was peace, love, kindness, sharing, and giving. I thank God for my heritage and for the integrity my parents instilled in me. I thank God that he allowed me to be born in the U.S. where I can worship freely. I thank God for giving his only Son so I can have eternal life. Happy Thanksgiving, Tamela! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at The Steve Laube Agency.

  3. Melissa Henderson November 23, 2017 at 8:21 am #

    Beautiful message. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  4. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D November 23, 2017 at 8:26 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving, Tamela. May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you!

  5. Elena Corey November 23, 2017 at 8:52 am #

    Thank you Tamela for your beautiful attitude and example.

  6. Mark Stevenson November 23, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    Tamela, I appreciate this post. It is sincere, elegant in fashion and grateful from the heart. As I read through the Thanksgiving Prayer from 1928, it occurred to me how that prayer is so far removed from our culture today. For one, the vocabulary is too advanced. In today’s vernacular, “Who talks like that.” But it is only because we have forgotten where we came from as a nation, or we would be farther advanced and vocabulary would not be an issue. But just to take a point. I too was raised in a Christian home and Thanksgiving was always the event that everyone put away any differences and United in thankfulness. So, thank you for reminding me of who I am. My father passed away this year and I can always go back to times in my memories and relate them to my immediate family.

  7. Martha Whiteman Rogers November 23, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

    Thank you for the post. I grew up in a good home until I was 8 or 9 and then it became dysfunctional although we didn’t know that term back then. I had loving grandparents on both sides who helped me know the true meaning of Christian love and the power of prayer.

    The prayer of St. Francis has always been one of my favorites and love the words put to music.

    I just had a wonderful day with two of our sons and their wives and 3 adult grandsons and learned the wonderful news our granddaughter and her husband will be giving us a new great-grandchild in June. So, this was a blessed day, full of Thanksgiving.

  8. Janet Ann Collins November 24, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

    Like the traditional celebration of Thanksgiving, some things don’t change and the things you quoted remind us what those are.

  9. Tamela Hancock Murray November 27, 2017 at 10:08 am #

    Thank you all so much for your wonderful wishes, sharing, and comments. I was delighted to return from the holiday celebration to read your thoughts and good wishes. May God bless you all!

  10. Kathy Bailey November 22, 2018 at 6:40 am #

    This is good, Tamela. I’ve hated seeing Thanksgiving corrupted from its true purpose (“Turkey Day” etc.). It is a time to thank God for His many blessings.

  11. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D November 22, 2018 at 8:11 am #

    Thanks, Tamela. May the Lord bless you and yours.

  12. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser November 22, 2018 at 9:00 am #

    Thank you for this, Tamela; such a gift of prayer and warmth on Thanksgiving!

  13. H. L. Wegley November 22, 2018 at 9:54 am #

    Thanks, Tamela! About 18 years ago, this prayer was incorporated into a song by the Ragamuffin Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLGf8mr-z24

  14. claire o'sullivan November 22, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

    Thank you, Tamela for such great words and the prayers of the saints before us.

    Is it weird that it made me cry?

    Anyway, to everyone, God bless and Happy Thanksgiving.

  15. Norma Brumbaugh November 22, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

    Beautiful thoughts. Beautiful words. Beautiful expressions. A dear friend gave me a book of ancient prayers that I read through periodically. The prayers are fashioned in a way that speaks to the soul, as they should. The Prayer for Peace is one of them. Thank you for lifting our gaze heavenward. I hope you are having a blessed and joyous Happy Thanksgiving.

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