Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Prayer

This comes from a Puritan evening prayer. I love its wording and its thoughtfulness and it is utterly appropriate for today.  It is the prayer of my own heart.

"I thank Thee for the temporal blessings of this world 
the refreshing air, the light of the sun,
the food that renews strength, the raiment that clothes,
the dwelling that shelters, the sleep that gives rest,
the starry canopy of night, the summer breeze,
the flowers' sweetness, the music of flowing streams,
the happy endearments of family, kindred, friends.
Things animate, things inanimate, minister to my comfort.
My cup runs over.
Suffer me not to be insensible to these daily mercies.
Thy hand bestows blessings: Thy power averts evil. 
I bring my tribute of thanks for spiritual graces,
the full warmth of faith, the cheering presence of Thy Spirit,
the strength of Thy restraining will, Thy spiking of hell's artillery.
Blessed be my sovereign Lord!"