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Thanksgiving Day Prayer

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Photo: CubaGallery/Flickr

For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thornbush
Is aflame with your glory,
O God our creator,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

~ Walter Rauschenbusch


Written by MattAndJojang

November 23, 2012 at 9:42 am

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  1. So beautiful – the photo, but especially the words. The poem has the feeling and almost the cadence of the great blessing prayers – “Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe….” – and the same wonderful sensitivity to the world as many Native American blessings. Many paths, one goal, as they say.


    November 24, 2012 at 6:54 am

  2. Yes, Linda, it’s so evocative of a lot a blessings we find in other spiritual traditions. In my own Catholic Christian tradition, it reminds me so much of St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun.”

    The wonders of the universe, for me, is a gateway to the Divine and the Sacred. (“…even the common thornbush is aflame with your glory, O God our creator…”) In the face of the beauty of nature (which this prayer, by the way, describes beautifully) and the blessings I’ve received, I can only respond with gratitude…



    November 24, 2012 at 8:16 am

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