Monday, November 21, 2011

WONDERS GREAT AND SMALL – A Thanksgiving Blessing


As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S. I'll have to send my best wishes to all of you long distance. I'm in Mexico, where they refer to it as el día de acción de gracias.
Here's a Thanksgiving blessing I'd like to share with you. I happen to pray to God, but if your reverence for the incredible is directed to a force of a different name, feel free to plug it in as you like.

 Oh God, you appear to all of us in different ways. Ways so vast and powerful that we cannot grasp them, so minute that we fail to notice them. Lord, hear our thoughts and prayers of thanksgiving and help each of us be more fully aware of your blessings large and small:

Thank you for the vast expanse, the limitless wonder, of your creation,
And for the cold, wet, honeycomb pattern of the skin on a dog’s nose.

Thank you for Nature’s great ebbs and flows—her awesome power;
her transcendent beauty; her inexorable rhythms,
And for our lover’s heartbeat.

Thank you for the fascinating family of man—in all its colors, shades and textures—and the values and aspirations we share.
Thank you too for our family—those sitting at this table and those present in our hearts.

Thank you for the good, the pure, the true that resides at the core
of every human being,
And the chance to share a smile and a kind word with a stranger.

Thank you for your infinite bounty—the abundance with which you
nourish us in body, mind and spirit.
And thank you for this glorious meal we’re about to share.


Thank you for your promise of eternity,
And for this moment—this one...precious...moment of life.

Amen

6 comments:

JHM said...

Dear Jeff,
Thank you for this beautiful prayer; thank you for your inspiration.
I wish you and your family a wondrous thanksgiving.
Jennifer

Jeffrey Willius said...

Dear Jennifer -- You don't know how much I appreciate your kind words of support.

Are you trying to approximate an American-style Thanksgiving dinner today? I'm in Mexico for the week and will probably have to pretend my chilaquiles are pavo ;-)

Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, my friend!!

meg said...

Lovely Jeff! Thanks for nurturing my gratitude!

Jeffrey Willius said...

Thanks, Meg! As you nurture my sense of adventure! (Hey OMW followers: Meg's site, www.viewfromthepier.com/, is worth a look!)

Kerri said...

Excellent post!

Jeffrey Willius said...

Hi Kerri -- Thanks for the comment! I love your "Little Piece" blog - wonderful pix. I'm subscribed to your RSS feed. Would love to have you as a follower here too :-)

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