Thanksgiving Blessing

Abigail Van Buren who wrote the syndicated Dear Abby column for many years introduced me to the Thanksgiving prayer we say at our table.  I love its simplicity and reminder that we need to keep in mind those less fortunate than we are as we count our myriad of blessings.  This year, in our troubled world, let’s also be grateful to those who are different from us in nationality, religion and preferences, and realize that there is strength in our diversity, value in each person whether rich or impoverished, and opportunity for peace and understanding.  And let us all say, Amen.     

Oh, heavenly Father,

We thank thee for food and remember the hungry.

We thank thee for health and remember the sick.

We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.

We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.

May these remembrances stir us to service,

That thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.

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