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
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
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
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