Thanksgiving in most homes, is a holiday that usually means a four day weekend, getting together with family and friends, and eating more food then we have all year.

In our home, we take the time to thank God for all of our blessings that he has bestowed upon us the past year. We state something that we are most thankful for. Most times, it’s very easy to thank God for the obvious blessings. This year, however, I wondered if we are missing the “blessings” He may have given us in our disappointments and frustrations; the not so obvious blessings. In our family, we have had many this past year and I am sure you all have as well.

Therefor, consider this prayer that I found on the internet from The Christian Retreat Center, written by Cindi McMenamin

(Abridged version)

Thanksgiving Prayer

Thank you God, for the blessings on us this past year….. the ones we

have seen as well as the ones we haven’t seen.

For the times you have said “no”

They have helped us depend on you so much more

For unanswered prayer

It reminds us that you know what’s best for us

For things you have withheld

It has protected us from what we may never realize

For doors you may have closed

It has prevented us from where you would rather not have us go

For physical pain

It has helped us to relate to your suffering

For the alone times in our life

That has forced us to lean closer to you

For uncertainties

They have deepened our trust in you

For losses we have experienced

They have reminded us that You are our greatest gain

For tears we have shed

They keep our hearts soft and pliable

Thank you God for your ability to take what we consider tragedy and

turn it into treasure

God clearly spelled out His good and perfect will for us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 which states:
“In everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”  (The New American Bible; Catholic Book publishing company;1992).

May God bless you and your loved ones this Thanksgiving and every day.  AMEN

Kathy Messina,
Prayer & Worship Pillar