My Grandpa’s Prayer of Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Each year I like to share a special prayer of Thanksgiving that my Grandpa B wrote many years ago. Here I am with him a few decades ago.

He was an educator, a story-teller, and a writer.  He and his wife, my Grandma, taught me so much. I was blessed to have known them and so many of their family/also my family. We were and still are so different. They and my parents and family taught us to appreciate and love each other’s differences.

This prayer touches me greatly, especially since this is the time of year two years ago when my husband passed away unexpectedly. It is a challenging time but I hope that we can focus on our memories and remember the good times that we had. We were fortunate to have so many and took lots of pictures.

I hope that these words will touch you as they do me. I truly appreciate the simple things of life that he is focusing on — those milestones and moments with our families. This year more than ever, we can see how truly important they are. They are real and truly precious. Blessings to you and yours!

“Our Father-God We thank thee:

  • For the ringing laughter of our children playing, for their giggles, and the moist throaty chuckles of our babies
  • For the tender weight of a sleeping child in our arms, and the trust of a tired son who rests his head upon our shoulder, and sleeps
  • For the joy we feel in baby’s first tooth, first word, first step, and the thrill of the grown-up child who marries
  • For the exultant communion with our teen ones when we dive together into the clean cold surf at dawn, and stand with them silently at sunset drinking glory from the cloud-studded sky
  • For small boys on tricycles, or on hands and knees in the sandbox pushing toy trucks and making man-noises
  • For tomboy girls streaking across the lawn, swinging on rings, or whirling like pinwheels on turning bars
  • For the wonder on the sensitive face of a half-grown child as she listens to a great organ for the first time, or watches a symphony orchestra
  • For the fun of family picnics, and vacation trips, and going fishing together
  • For the thrill we feel when a daughter stands before us in her first formal gown, and we realize that she is beautiful
  • For the joy of a child’s recovery from illness, and the relief we feel when we see an accident almost happen, but not quite
  • For the pressure of a timid child’s hand in ours as we walk together in the dark
  • For parenthood we thank thee
  • And, our Father-God, to thee we pray for peace. If it be they will, grant that we may continue our lives together in the precious years to come. Amen.”

I love this prayer and it gets me every time. He captures the wonder and joy of parenthood and family so well. My family is very precious to me and I have so missed seeing many of them.

I too want to pray for peace as well as kindness for all of us. I want to pray for healing and mental health and comfort in knowing we will all be okay.

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving, no matter how small the gathering is of those around your table. May you enjoy the times you have with your loved ones.  And, may you always, always love.

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