Do you have a traditional prayer that you say on Thanksgiving? If not, try this one…..

ThanksgivingThank you, God, for this food we are about to eat. And thank You for Your many blessings on us this past year…the ones we’ve seen, as well as the ones we haven’t seen.

Thank you, God for the times You have said “no.” They have helped us depend on You so much more.

Thank you, God, for unanswered prayers. They remind us that You know what’s best for us, even when our opinion differs.

Thank You, God, for the doors You have closed. They have prevented us from going where You would rather not have us go.

Thank you, Lord, for the physical pain You’ve allowed in our lives. It has helped us more closely relate to Your sufferings on our behalf.

Thank you, Lord, for the alone times in our lives. Those times have forced us to listen to your whispers.

Thank You, God, for the tears we have shed. They have kept our hearts tender and loving.

Thank You, God, for transforming our ‘tragedies’ into “treasures”.

Thank You, God, for those You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this earth reminds us to keep our eyes fixed on heaven.

Thank You for saving us from ourselves, our foolishness, and our frailties.

Lord, we commit our lives anew to You this day and ask that You would continue to remind us, throughout this next year, that You are God, You are on the throne, You are eternally good, and You have a place waiting for us at Your heavenly table.