Giving Thanks

give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Lord, we give you thanks for the many blessings in our lives, even when times are hard. We thank you for babies born healthy and for the legacies of lives that were lived with wisdom. We thank you for opportunities to work and opportunities to learn. We thank you for the strength and love of our families and the support of our friends.  We thank you for teachers and mentors. We thank you for those who protect us both at home and abroad.  We thank you for the technology that connects us to a broader world and the crafts that connect us to our past.  We thank you for the music and art which enhance our lives.  We thank you for the natural world that renews and inspires.  We thank you for sleep and for food.  We thank you for forgiveness and new beginnings.  We thank you for your constant presence among us.

As we enter the Advent season, help us to be ever aware of your presence throughout our lives, and to share your message of hope, love, joy, and peace.  We thank you, O Lord.

Amen

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