Prayer of Thanksgiving
For all good things we give our thanks
For family and friends, too
Thanksgiving for the natural world
Preserve it we must for more than a few.
For food to eat, a home to rest
For quiet time to pray our best
We give our thanks dear Creator, to You.
Thanksgiving Meditation Around the Feast
Incorporate this meditation and prayer into the time you sit around the table to enjoy a bountiful meal with family or friends.
Prepare the table by laying out a cloth and making a center piece with a large candle surrounded by autumn vegetables, fruit or flowers.
When it's time for dinner let your guests know you are going to incorporate a Thanksgiving prayer and a period for silent meditation at the end of the meal.
I suggest you wait until everyone has eaten so the food does not get cold, then hold hands for the prayer, such as the one above. Next, go around the table and let each one give an appreciation for what they especially are thankful for. Then spend a minute in silent meditation before unclasping hands.
Now, it's time for dessert and that can truly be a time to warmly share amongst family and friends.
Events like this help spiritualize the bond between family and friends and remind us we are not a lone island on planet earth, but rather interwoven into each others' lives on the local and global scale.
Let thoughts of thankfulness, gratefulness extend from your holiday celebration into life by caring and sharing what comes your way for the good of family, friends, community.
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer; photo credit Stan Schaap, Magothy River, Maryland
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