In my sophomore year of college, my English professor introduced me to The Book of Common Prayer, originally published in the year 1549. Nearly 500 years later, I find the prayers it contains still relevant for me today.
In celebration of this Thanksgiving Day and the season of giving on which we are about to embark, I’d like to share this prayer of thanksgiving:
A General Thanksgiving
Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have
done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole
creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life,
and for the mystery of love.
We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for
the loving care which surrounds us on every side.
We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best
efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy
and delight us.
We thank you also for those disappointments and failures
that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.
Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the
truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast
obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying,
through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life
again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.
Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and
make him known; and through him, at all times and in all
places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.
–From The Book of Common Prayer
When I read this particular prayer, I am reminded of the many blessings God has granted. I am thankful for professors of my past who introduced me to ideas and knowledge that have forever changed my life. I am thankful for the colleagues of my present who journey with me as I navigate my career. I am thankful for the mysteries of the future that the Lord reveals in His time. Most of all, I am thankful for prayer and the power of the God to which we pray.
What are you thankful for today?