Sometimes you run across something that is just too good NOT to share!! That is what I thought when I re-discovered the prayer below that I bookmarked back at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As I re-read it again, it echoed in wonderful words many of the ways you and I are called to give thanks in this Thanksgiving season, to the One who is the Source of every good gift.
I will share a link to James Spencer's original post at the bottom if you'd like to read it. James said he wrote this prayer in response to DL Moody's quote below. As someone has said, we are Christ-followers should be the most grateful and thankful people on the planet. Lord, give us hearts full of gratitude to You, our Lord and Master!
“I am so thankful that I have a joy that the world can not rob me of; I have a treasure that the world can not take from me; I have something that it is not in the power of man or devil to deprive me of, and that is the joy of the Lord.” – D.L. Moody
A Prayer of Thanksgiving: Grateful for the Giver
Lord, as I participate in the all-too-consuming activities that require my attention today, I pray that I would not lose sight of You.
Give me this day a heart of gratitude.
Give me a heart of gratitude which looks beyond my appreciation
Give me a heart of gratitude which is ever and always
thankful for the Giver
thankful for the One who has provided
thankful for the One who, unlike His gifts, will never fade away.
Give me a heart of gratitude which refuses
to surrender to frivolous complaint,
to seek more than you have given,
to succumb to the annoyances and frustrations of this world.
Give me a heart of gratitude which is so filled with thanksgiving that worry and concern have no room.
Give me a heart of gratitude which remembers you as the present Giver who is my refuge and my portion.
Give me a heart of gratitude which cries out thanksgiving and praise even in the midst of anguish, pain, and frustration.
Give me a heart of gratitude which is capable of love, hope, and peace despite the tensions, hurts, and foolishness of this world.
Give me a heart of gratitude which is ever and always Yours. Amen.
Link to original post by James Spencer: https://moodycenter.org/articles/a-prayer-of-thanksgiving-grateful-for-the-giver/
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