Prayer For The Thanksgiving Holiday
Thanksgiving Prayer – 9 Encouraging and Inspiring Prayers!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends and reflect on the blessings of the last year. Many of us experience renewed hope and faith during the Thanksgiving holiday because we turn our eyes onto what is most important.
What if we spent time each day in giving thanks and prayer? How could God grow out faith and trust if we lived a life of thanks through all seasons and not just Thanksgiving time? When your heart is filled with gratitude, there is little room to worry or complain.
We would love to encourage and help you along the way toward greater hope and joy! Below are 9 thanksgiving prayers you can use not only for Thanksgiving day but throughout the year. Start living out the promises of God that Jesus came “that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10.
Prayer 1: A Daily Thanksgiving Prayer
“Dear God, Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life.
Forgive us for when we don't thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you've given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day.
We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! In Jesus' Name, Amen.”
– Debbie McDaniel, Crosswalk.com Contributor
Prayer 2: A Prayer for a Thankful Heart
“Lord, teach me to offer you a heart of thanksgiving and praise in all my daily experiences of life. Teach me to be joyful always, to pray continually and to give thanks in all my circumstances. I accept them as Your will for my life (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
I long to bring pleasure to Your heart daily. Break the power of the enemy in my life. Defeat Him through my sacrifice of praise. Change my outlook and attitude into one of joyful contentment with my present circumstances.
I thank You for… [Name a difficult circumstance in your life presently and thank God for it.]
Jesus, I want to be You who obeyed the Father without complaint. You embraced the chains of humanity when You walked this earth. Convict me whenever I complain or compare myself with others. Give me Your attitude of humility and thankful acceptance.I want to be the Apostle Paul who learned contentment in every circumstance. I choose to continually offer You a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that give praise to Your name (Hebrews 13:15). I long to bring a smile to Your face. Teach me the power of a thankful heart.
I know that Your truth dwells in a thankful heart.
“I will give thanks to the LORD because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens” (Psalm 7:17-18:1). In Jesus’ name, amen.”
– Debbie Przybylski, Intercessors Arise International
Prayer 3: A Short Prayer of Thanks
“God, sometimes life gets me down and I find it hard to see things to be thankful for. Open my eyes to see the gifts you’ve given me in my life. I’m going to start by thanking you for loving me enough to come to earth and die so we can live together forever. Amen.”
– Wendy van Eyck, Contributor
Prayer 4: A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day
Father God, today I thank You for the provisions of my life… I thank You for the people in my life… I thank You for the opportunities You have given to me in my life…
I thank You for the acceptance and forgiveness You have lavished upon me in spite of my sinful actions and choices…
I thank You for the healing You have brought into my life—physical and emotional… I thank You for the way You have brought me back from the darkness that lurks in my soul and the choices I could have made that would have landed me in a pit—or the choices I have made that did land me in a pit…
I thank You for the desires of my heart that You have satisfied with good things…
And the desires that I have not yet seen satisfied. Help me to be confident because of the grace You have given to me in so many others ways, that even my unmet desires would be something I could be grateful for…Amen.
Excerpted with permission from Day 31 of Prayers for Today (Moody Publishers, 2011) by Pastor Kurt Bjorklund.
Prayer 5: A Prayer to Teach Kids Thankfulness
“Lord, I pray that the message of Christ and his sacrifice is the root of gratitude in my heart. That His gracious gift leads me to thankful living, setting an example for my children.
That they will have their own relationship with Jesus one day, and that You would grow gratitude in their hearts the acceptance of Jesus as their Savior.
Lead us to do everything in the name of Jesus and give thanks to You through Him.”
– Marie Osborne, Contributor
Prayer 6: A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
“O Heavenly Father: We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry. We thank Thee for health and remember the sick. We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless. We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved. May these remembrances stir us to service. That Thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.”
– “Dear Abby” Columnist
Prayer 7: Thanksgiving Song (makes a wonderful prayer!)
“Grateful for each hand we hold Gathered round this table. From far and near we travel home, Blessed that we are able. Grateful for this sheltered place With light in every window, Saying welcome, welcome, share this feast Come in away from sorrow.
Father, mother, daughter, son, Neighbor, friend and friendless; All together everyone in the gift of loving-kindness. Grateful for whats understood, And all that is forgiven; We try so hard to be good, To lead a life worth living. Father, mother, daughter, son, Neighbor, friend, and friendless; All together everyone, let grateful days be endless.
Grateful for each hand we hold Gathered round this table.”
– Mary Chapin Carpenter – Thanksgiving Song Lyrics
Prayer 8: A Prayer of Thanks for Our Many Blessings
“Oh God, You are so good. You are faithful and gracious and You have blessed me beyond measure. Thank you for everyday blessings to which I have become accustomed, but never want to take for granted: clean drinking water, electricity, food in my pantry, hot showers, a roof over my head, and a bed to sleep in.
Thank you for legs that carry me where I need to go and hands that enable me to accomplish many things. Thank you for my hearing and my vision and for a sound, healthy mind.
Thank you my family, my friends, my job, my neighbors. Thank you for freedom to attend my church, for my pastors, and for my small group(s) and my many relationships.
Thank you for the things You are doing in my heart and in my life. I’m grateful that by the power of Your Holy Spirit, I am much different today than I was 10 years ago, or a year ago. I am even different that I was at the beginning of this year, and it’s because of Your power at work in me, continually transforming me into Your image.
I love and adore You, Lord, and my heart overflows with gratitude for all these blessings. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.”
excerpt from 3 Grateful Prayers to Prepare Your Heart for Thanksgiving by Julie K. Gillies
Prayer 9: 17 Statements of Gratitude
“Thank you, God for the times You have said “no.” They have helped me depend on You so much more. Thank you, God, for unanswered prayer. It reminds me that You know what's best for me, even when my opinion differs from Yours. Thank You, Lord, for the things you have withheld from me. You have protected me from what I may never realize.
Thank You, God, for the doors You have closed. They have prevented me from going where You would rather not have me go. Thank you, Lord, for the physical pain You've allowed in my life. It has helped me more closely relate to Your sufferings on my behalf. Thank you, Lord, for the alone times in my life.
Those times have forced me to lean in closer to You. Thank you, God, for the uncertainties I've experienced. They have deepened my trust in You. Thank You, Lord, for the times You came through for me when I didn't even know I needed a rescue. Thank You, Lord, for the losses I have experienced.
They have been a reminder that You are my greatest gain. Thank You, God, for the tears I have shed. They have kept my heart soft and mold-able. Thank You, God, for the times I haven't been able to control my circumstances. They have reminded me that You are sovereign and on the throne.
Thank You, God, for those people in my life whom You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this earth keeps my heart longing for heaven.
Thank You, God, that I have an inheritance in the heavenly places…something that this world can never steal from me and I could never selfishly squander. Thank You, God, for the greatest gift You could ever give me: forgiveness through Your perfect Son's death on the cross on my behalf. Thank You, God, for the righteousness You credited toward me, through the death and resurrection of Jesus. It's a righteousness I could never earn or attain on my own. Thank You, Father, that You know me, You hear me, and You see my tears. Remind me through difficult times that You are God, You are on the throne, and You are eternally good. And thank You, Lord, not only for my eternal salvation, but for the salvation You afford every day of my life as You save me from myself, my foolishness, my own limited insights, and my frailties in light of Your power and strength.”
– Cindy McMenamin, Author
Thanksgiving Prayers from Scripture:
Psalm 95 – “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods…”
Psalm 100 – “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 118:29 – “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
Psalm 103: 1-5 – “Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed the eagle’s.”
Psalm 136:1-5 – “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
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12 Thanksgiving Prayers for Family, Children & Dinner Times
a printable prayer suitable for personal devotion or for a program or church newsletter:- Here are four great Thanksgiving prayers for before eating:-
O Lord, How full is this world of your unending creativity.
How astounding is creation in all its variety. How breathtaking is new life, growth and transformation. How wonderful is your provision for us your children! This day, we celebrate your great goodness with thankful hearts and joyful lives.Amen.
(a mealtime prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
Thanksgiving Prayer 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 (1803-1882)
(suitable for a dinner or family time) O Lord, Thank you for all the good gifts you have given us. Thank you for the fine delicate balance of the natural world. Thank you for the amazing variety of fruit seeds and grains. Thank you for the beauty of autumn when the greens turn yellow, gold and crimson. Lord, help us to enjoy this beautiful season, And the wonderful food you have given us.Amen.
read more grace prayers to say before meal times with your family.
Children and Family Prayers
Three prayers for family & children times together:- Thanksgiving Prayer for Children
(a prayer for young children to say) Lord, thank you for the flowers and thank you for the trees Thank you for my special friends and all the fun they bring Thank you for the food I eat and thank you for my drink But most of all I thank you for the way you love me
(a childrens prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
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Thanksgiving Prayer for Children (a prayer for parents) Thank you for our children. Bless them with your love and peace, Protect them with your truth and strength, Engage them with your hope and vision. Thank you for our children.Amen.
(a parents prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
Thanksgiving prayer for the family Lord God, I give you all the members of our family. You know them all so well and love them all. I ask that you would cover us with a rainbow of hope. Hope that draws us together to work out our differences. Hope that helps us to celebrate together and care for one another. Hope that rides a banner in our lives and watches over us wherever we go. Hope that overcomes adversity and gathers strength to overcome. Hope that guides us and gives us vision for our future alone and together. Hope filled with love. Hope that fuels faith. Hope that breathes peace. May our family live in you Underneath your promises.Amen.
(a prayer of thanks from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we beseech thee, faithful stewards of thy great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
source: Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.
O Lord, that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
William Shakespeare (King Henry VI, Part II. Act I, scene i)
Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks. Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have betowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends. Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year. This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.
(Traditional Catholic Prayer)
A contemporary version of this famous hymn:-
Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home; all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin. God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied; come to God's own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home. All the world is God's own field, fruit as praise to God we yield; wheat and tares together sown are to joy or sorrow grown; first the blade and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear; Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be. For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take the harvest home; from the field shall in that day all offenses purge away, giving angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast; but the fruitful ears to store in the garner evermore. Even so, Lord, quickly come, bring thy final harvest home; gather thou thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin, there, forever purified, in thy presence to abide; come, with all thine angels, come, raise the glorious harvest home.
Lyrics by Henry Alford (1810-1871)
Music by George J. Elvey (1816-1893)
A Simple Prayer of Thanks
Thank you. I dwell upon the goodness in my life. Thank you. I cherish in my heart Your gift to me. Thank you. I notice the blessings of life, breath, loving and sharing. I am so very grateful. Thank you, Lord.
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Thanksgiving Prayers: Thanks For Blessings
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Here you'll find Thanksgiving Prayers for Thanksgiving grace at the dinner table and religious and inspirational Thanksgiving poems for plays, programs, church bulletins.
We thank you for the turkey,
The gravy and the dressing.
Dear Lord, this table overflows
With Thy abundant blessing.
Let us always be aware
That all gifts come from You,
And may we serve Your heavenly will
In everything we do. Amen.
By Joanna Fuchs
Religious Thanksgiving poetry can rhyme…or not. For this free verse thanksgiving to God poem, you can leave out the line about “challenges” if you want, in this religious thanksgiving verse.
Thankful for Each OtherDear Lord,As we gather together around this tableladen with your plentiful gifts to us,we thank You for always providingwhat we really needand for sometimes granting wishesfor things we don't really need.
Today, let us be especially thankfulfor each other–for family and friendswho enrich our lives in wonderful ways,even when they present us with challenges.Let us join together nowin peaceful, loving fellowshipto celebrate Your love for usand our love for each other.
By Joanna Fuchs
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Thanksgiving Prayers for Kids
When I was a young girl, my relatives had my brother and I say a little two-line Thanksgiving Day prayer aloud at the dinner table.
This Thanksgiving grace went this: “Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let this food by thee be blessed.
” So here are some little two-line Christian Thanksgiving prayers that kids could say as a poem or prayer for Thanksgiving, or at other dinners. These short Thanksgiving poems are easy to memorize.
Lord, we thank you this Thanksgiving,For the food we eat and the lives we're living. Amen.Lord, we pray You'll bless this food,As we eat it now in gratitude. Amen.We thank You, God, for the food we eat;We thank you for our lives so sweet. Amen.
By Joanna Fuchs
More Thanksgiving Prayers for Kids
Here are some additional two-line Thanksgiving prayers for young children:
Thank you, God for this food so yummy;Thank you for a happy tummy!Thank you, Lord, for this special treat;We'll keep Your blessings in mind, as we eat.Thanks for food and thanks for love;Thanks to our Lord in heaven above.By Joanna Fuchs
Here's a Thanksgiving prayer for kids, not too long, not too short.
Thank You For…Thank You for delicious yummiesTo fill our hungry, grateful tummies.For other things we're thinking ofAnd for Your everlasting love,For all the blessings that You bring,Thank you God, for everything.
By Joanna Fuchs
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Inspirational Thanksgiving poems to be used as Thanksgiving prayers usually include abundant thanks to God for His blessings, as this Thanksgiving blessing poem does.
Thanksgiving prayers can be in the form of Thanksgiving Christian poems. This free verse (non-rhyming) Thanksgiving prayer is a Thanksgiving grace that covers a lot of Thanksgiving blessings. It's Christian Thanksgiving poetry appropriate for a prayer for Thanksgiving dinner. It could also serve as a church Thanksgiving poem.
For All that You Give UsDear Lord,On this Thanksgiving Day,we are thankfulfor all that You give us,for all that You do for us,for all that You teach us.Thank You for guiding usto live our livesin Your will,in Your purpose,in Your plan for us.Thank You for Your protectionfrom worldly influence and danger.
Thank You for bringing us gentlyto a deeper knowledge of Youand what You want from us,with Your love, mercy,compassion and grace.And thank you, Lord,for the blessingswe are experiencing right nowat this very moment–the food,and the precious peoplewho are with usto enjoy this mealand this day.Thank You, Lord. Amen.
By Joanna Fuchs
This religious Thanksgiving poem prayer is a Thanksgiving day prayer that can be used as the traditional Thanksgiving grace before the meal. It's designed as a free Christian Thanksgiving Day poem.
Attitude of GratitudeDear Lord, we come to You todayWith a humble attitude.For all you give, our hearts are fullOf love and gratitude.Thank you for this special timeTo offer our Thanksgiving.Thank you for this food, and forThe blessed lives we're living.In Jesus' name we pray; Amen
By Joanna Fuchs
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Thanksgiving prayers can be rhyming or free verse, as this religious Thanksgiving Christian poem is. When you say Thanksgiving grace, this may be appropriate.
We Are ThankfulDear Lord,we are thankful for this day,set aside to honor all the ways You bless uswith Your goodness, love, and grace.We are thankful for the people at this tablewho add a variety of wonderful things to our livesjust by being who they are.
We are thankful for the food we are about to eat,which You created for our nourishment and pleasure.Most of all, Lord, we thank Youfor always being there for us,guiding us, encouraging us,comforting us and blessing us.In Jesus' name we pray; Amen.
By Joanna FuchsThis Thanksgiving prayer describes how we can show God our appreciation for the blessings we have been given.
Countless BlessingsLord, on this special day of thankfulness,we thank You not only for the delicious food,lovingly prepared and presented,but also for special giftsYou've given to this family—loved ones we cherish dearly,a comfortable place to live,the beauty that surrounds us,material pleasures,health, spiritual wealth,and so much more.How can we show our gratitude forthe countless blessings You've provided?We thank You for giving us clear direction,through Your Holy Wordon how to show our appreciation,by obeying Your commandsand by loving and serving our neighbors.Thank You, Lord.
By Joanna Fuchs
This Thanksgiving prayer can be used for Thanksgiving grace at the dinner table. This Christian Thanksgiving verse is short enough for a child to memorize it.
Another Good YearWe thank you, Lord, for food and friendsAnd for all of the joy this holiday lends;It's Thanksgiving Day and we can seeThe blessings you've provided our family.Thanks to you, Lord, for another good year;When you watch over us, there's nothing to fear.
By Karl Fuchs
There are many things that can be included in a Thanksgiving prayer. This one covers some of the most frequently requested blessings.
Cherished RitualLord, as we pause in our busy livesto gather around the Thanksgiving table,sharing the precious bond among family and friends,let us remember that this abundant harvest,this feast of delicious and nourishing dishesis the fulfillment of our faiththat You will always provide for us.
As we go through this cherished ritual,the Thanksgiving holiday ceremony,let us feel the comfort of Your care for usin every bite we eat and enjoy.
In this tradition,begun by courageous travelers long agoto thank you for their lives and safety,we thank Youfor the joy and happiness you give us, to lift us up,and also for the sometimes difficult lessons and challengesYou give us to make us stronger, better,and more aware of our need for You.
Thank you for the support and courage You give usto get through troubled times.Thank You for answered prayersand also for the times You said “no,”to keep us from stumbling off Your path for us.We know that in all things,You are working for our good.
Now, as we draw together in unityto savor this wonderful dinner,we are thankful for those who prepared it,for those who join us to enjoy it,and most of all, we thank You, Lord,for the many different kinds of blessingsYou continually grant us.We pray that You'll bless this food,and bless all of us as we gather together.In Jesus' name we pray; Amen.
By Joanna Fuchs
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10 Great Thanksgiving Prayers
Thanksgiving is a word that appears before the word Thanksgiving Day and after thanksgiver in the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary online. One of the definitions of the word is “a prayer expressing gratitude”. The first use of the word dates all the way back to 1533 . The Old English word from which it is derived is “pancian” (to give thanks) . It is translated in other languages as:
zahvaljivanje (Croatian), díkůvzdání (Czech), taksigelse (Danish), dankzegging (Dutch), pagpapasalamat (Filipino), action de grâces (French), Danksagung (German), hálaadás (Hungarian), gratiarum actione (Latin), dziękczynienie (Polish), mulțumire (Romanian), благодарение (Russian), zahvalni dan (Slovenian), acción de gracias (Spanish), şükretme (Turkish), diolchgarwch (Welsh)
No matter in what language you speak, thanksgiving prayers are often written in the form of poems or songs. These ten thanksgiving prayers can be used around the dinner table this November or any time of the year.
One of the beautiful things about the Thanksgiving holiday is that it gives us a specific time to reflect on the wonderful blessings we all enjoy.
While we may not have as many things as other people have, we can all be thankful for friends and family who love us and the life God has given us.
Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to beAnd bless these giftsBestowed by Thee.And bless our loved ones everywhere,
And keep them in Your loving care.
We Gather Together Hymn
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;He chastens and hastens His will to make known.The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
-Theodore Baker (translator)
Thanksgiving prayers are often written in the form of poems or songs
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
We Give Thanks
Our Father in Heaven,We give thanks for the pleasureOf gathering together for this occasion.We give thanks for this foodPrepared by loving hands.We give thanks for life,The freedom to enjoy it allAnd all other blessings.As we partake of this food,We pray for health and strengthTo carry on and try to live as You would have us.This we ask in the name of Christ,
Our Heavenly Father.
– Harry Jewell
Help Me Thanksgiving Day Prayer
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.
-Samuel F. Pugh
Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer
Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving DayWe bow our hearts to You and pray.We give You thanks for all You’ve doneEspecially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we seeFor joy and health, friends and family,For daily provision, Your mercy and careThese are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.
A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray
We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing
We’re slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold
But Lord, I’d to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I’m thankful for
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
That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I’m ever so grateful for Your unending grace
So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You’ve provided
And bless each and every person invited
We thank you for the turkey,The gravy and the dressing.Dear Lord, this table overflowsWith Thy abundant blessing.Let us always be awareThat all gifts come from You,And may we serve Your heavenly will
In everything we do. Amen.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God:it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good;his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.
Humorous Thanksgiving Prayer
When turkey’s on the table laid,And good things I may scan,I’m thankful that I wasn’t made
-Edgar A. Guest
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Thanksgiving Day Prayers – Ideas And Traditions For Your Family
Here are some ideas and traditions you can start with your family as part of your Thanksgiving Day prayers, to celebrate the real meaning of the holiday.
One of the most meaningful Thanksgiving traditions is the Thanksgiving dinner prayer, where we gather around the table and say thanks before everyone eats the meal.
This can be a very special time for your family, that you and your children can look forward to and remember for the rest of your lives.
Here are some ideas for a special Thanksgiving prayer, to make sure it is meaningful.
Recite Or Sing A Hymn Of Thanksgiving As A Family
There is something comforting and wonderful about reciting the same Thanksgiving day prayers each year. I know my late Uncle Joe always recited the same prayer each time he was asked to pray, and it something I still remember about him fondly.
A great way to allow your family to participate is to say (or sing, if your family is musically gifted) a Thanksgiving hymn each year. The poetic nature of songs makes them easier for everyone to remember, even if it takes the kids a couple of years to learn.
Here is one of my personal favorites, but there are many more you can choose from. I found a great list of Thanksgiving Hymns, with lyrics here.
For The Beauty Of The Earth HymnFor the beauty of the earth,For the beauty of the skies,For the love which from our birthOver and around us lies,Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
For the beauty of each hourOf the day and of the night,Hill and vale, and tree and flower,Sun and moon and stars of light,Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
For the joy of human love,Brother, sister, parent, child,Friends on earth, and friends above,Pleasures pure and undefiled,Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
For each perfect gift of thine,To our race so freely given,Graces human and divine,Flowers of earth and buds of heaven,Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
For thy Church which evermoreLifteth holy hands above,Offering up on every shoreHer pure sacrifice of love,Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
Another classic prayer of Thanksgiving is Psalm 136, which is a call and response prayer, where one person reads the verse and after each verse everyone else states, “His love endures forever.” It starts with “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. Give thanks to the God of gods. Give thanks to the Lord of lords.”
Allow Everyone To Participate In The Thanksgiving Day Prayers
While I appreciate and think it is wonderful to have a main person in the family provide the main part of the Thanksgiving dinner prayer, it is equally as wonderful to allow everyone to participate in the prayer too.
Many families traditionally go around the Thanksgiving table saying what they are thankful for. You can make this more spiritual by making it, instead of a statement, more about prayers of Thanksgiving to the Lord. Everyone in the family can provide their Thanksgiving prayers, including young children.
No matter what a child says they are thankful for, even if it is silly or funny to us, is appreciated by God.
Remember Everyone In Your Family, Present Or Absent, Alive And Deceased In Your Thanksgiving Day Prayers
The most important thing about Thanksgiving day prayers is not their formality, but their sincerity. That is what true family traditions are all about.
It will strengthen the bonds between your family and friends to mention each person present at your Thanksgiving celebration and say something you are grateful and thankful for, about each them.
In addition, consider mentioning anything big that happened in your family that year, whether joyous or sad, to bring everyone together in celebrating the family as a whole.It can also be a special time to mention those who cannot be with us today. My father always makes a special point of mentioning all those who cannot be here with us today, and it is so special to me.
We remember those who physically aren't present, and also those who have passed before us, and remember and give thanks for each of them. Try it with your family, it can be quite special.
Bible Verses Regarding Thankfulness You Can Use Within Your Thanksgiving Day Prayers
Some people find it meaningful to use Bible verses in their Thanksgiving dinner prayers, and some do not. To each their own. If you to use Bible verses here are a couple that deal with thankfulness. (All verses translated into the New International Version)
First, here are some Old Testament verses:
The entire Psalm 100 is about thankfulness, but verse 4 is the most relevant. It states, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” Psalm 105:1
All of Psalm 30 is also about gratefulness to God, but especially verse 12, which states: “O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.” Psalm 30:12
Next, here is one verse from the New Testament:
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Enjoy And Pass On The Tradition Of Thanksgiving Day Prayers To Your Children
No matter how you and your family choose to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, pass on the tradition of a Thanksgiving dinner prayer to your children. It is such a special memory as you grow up and have a family of your own.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! My wish for each of you is to have a blessed day with your family and friends.
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