To you, O Lord, I turn with a grateful heart,
as the Giver of every good Gift, as my Creator.
I give thanks for the beauty of creation, the bounty of the earth,
For every living creature, for the dome of the skies, and the vastness of oceans.
I give thanks for every peak and valley, for every mountain and plane
Places of wonderment in which your presence dwells.
I give thanks for my family where your creativity continues to flow,
For my parents, their love, their sacrifice, their gifts of grace.
I give thanks for you allowing me to be a reflection of your image,
a likeness of your divine nature at work in me.
I give thanks for all those you have placed in my path as I journey through life,
Both in my joys and struggles with them, grappling with the mystery of who we are.
I give thanks for those I hold dear in my heart,
The ones who offer me a sturdy shelter and the protections of love.
I give thanks for every man, woman, and child,
Reflections of You…. The bounty of your gift!
I give thanks for Your presence in the hungry
Who allow me to spiritually and materially feed them in their need.
I give thanks for Your presence in the thirsty
As I reach out to quench the parch lips of the ones who thirst for justice.
I give thanks for the stranger in my midst who opens me to you, the God of surprises,
As they come to my land to search for the dream that I long for.
I give thanks for the migrant and the refugee who seek to flee poverty
In the land of the free and the home of the brave.
I give thanks for the prisoner so that I may have an opportunity
To proclaim the liberation of the Gospel, so their soul may be set free.
I give thanks for those who are sick and ailing
As I become Your hands, Your feet, and Your healing voice.
I give thanks for the lonely old and the lonely young
As I become your Presence and help fill the void of their lives.
I give thanks for the ones I love,
Both here and on the other side of life.
I give thanks for my trials that help me to grow
And understand the mystery of who I am more fully
I give thanks for my sufferings which allow me
To grow closer to you.
I give thanks to You, who have made me
For I am wonderfully and beautifully made.
I give thanks to you as I become older each year
But closer to a new world beyond dreams.
I will give thanks as I sit down for my Thanksgiving Meal,
Breaking bread, sharing stories, and loving life.
I give thanks to you, my God,
For allowing all of these things to bless my life. Amen.