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THANKSGIVING PRAYERS 

Thanksgiving Day is the one day that brings all religions together in thanksgiving prayers, Thanksgiving grace.  Christians, Jews, Muslim, Buddhists, and other religions sit down and, in their own way, say "thank you" to God for grace bestowed.

To me, it's a blessing that many countries, including the U.S. and Canada, have designated a special day to give thanks for all the blessings in our lives with thanksgiving prayers. As you sit down to enjoy the Tahnksgiving feast this year, you might want to use a Thanksgiving grace from the ones below.

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First, here are the simpler thanksgiving prayers, the ones many of us learned as children.

Thank You, God
Thank you God for all that grows,
Thank you for the sky's rainbows,
Thank you for the stars that shine,
Thank you for these friends of mine,
Thank you for the moon and sun,
Thank you God for all you've done

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We are thankful,
For our food,
And our many blessings,
Thank you Lord.
Amen

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I give thanks for my family; Father, Mother,
And all the happy things we do together;
For understanding, laughter, and for love
Strong and warm in any kind of weather.

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Good and gracious God,
You have blessed us
with the bounty of the earth,
and with family and friends.
We give you thanks for this food
and for this company.
May we share ourselves in love,
and receive one another with compassion.
We pray with thankful hearts,
Amen

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My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head
I'm thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they'll ever possibly know
Thankful Lord, that You've blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life's greatest treasure

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For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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This thanksgiving prayer asks for help in becoming a better person:

O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry; 
When I have work, help me to remember the jobless; 
When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all; 
When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer. 
And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency; 
bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help; 
By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted.  Amen.
Samuel F. Pugh

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This thanksgiving prayer caught me by surprise, but truly this Thanksgiving grace does speak to the wonder of the universe, and that is what we are thankful for.

Lord, help me to have fun. I’m asking you because a God who invented butterflies and ducks must know something about it. Remind me to have a good time. Let me spend money as well as save it, and spend it on someone beside myself. I would feast as well as fast, change water into wine, and each day rediscover that you have crammed the earth with surprises. 

God of joy, give me your good Spirit! God of harmony, let me dance to the rhythms of your world! I think you have a good time with your creation. You pour out the oceans from your cup and roll them like a bowling ball into the shore. You beat out the sun, while the stars fell in showers from your hammer. You put the hummingbird together and tossed an eagle into the air. When the planets are dull you watch the children swing to the top of the trees. 

Lord of the rainbow and the redwood, I can’t take in all five rings of your circus. Give me more than five senses and one time around. Lord, I want to enjoy life.
Joseph T. Nolan

 

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