Thanksgiving Prayers — My Grandpa’s and Mine

Hi and Happy (almost) Thanksgiving,

For the past few years, I have posted one of my favorite Thanksgiving Prayers — written many years ago by my grandpa.  Here it is again along with my prayer for this year.

“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 thy 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. Love you Grandpa and miss you very much.

I want to add a prayer of thanks to all of our loved ones who have supported us over the last year. Much of it has been a blur and we couldn’t have made it without that support or the prayers that have been lifted for us.

Our Father-God, we thank you:

  • For friends who prepare food when meals are the last things on our minds.
  • For siblings who drop everything to come to be with you when you need them the most.
  • For parents who love you through the toughest year of your life.
  • For in-laws who miss your loved one as much as you.  We are thankful for having them as family who we will always love. And, we are thankful for being able to share memories with them.
  • For family and friends who are there to share a funny story or laughter and there when you need to cry.
  • For a 20 year marriage to a man who loved us unconditionally. We just wish there had been many more years together.
  • For a child who is a blessing, and has been since his birth. He is an amazing young man and the best of his dad lives on in him.
  • For friends who have stepped up throughout the year by listening, spending time with us, and laughing with us.
  • For our church family who has shown what faith truly looks like.
  • For our school family who has taken care of Ian through a tough year and continues to teach him and help him.
  • For our neighbors for helping to take care of our yard and with a few bills.
  • For our faith, without which we would not have made it this year.
  • For the ability to love others despite the pain of loss.
  • For being able to thank those who have helped us, lifted us up, prayed with us, prayed for us, and have loved us.  Amen.

Hope and pray that you have a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones.  May you be thankful for times with them and enjoy your blessings.

My Thanksgiving Prayer

Over the last few years, I have posted my grandfather’s thanksgiving prayer.  It is one that touches me deeply and always makes me teary-eyed. He spoke so well about his family and many stages of parenthood.  It reminds me of the love that I was privileged enough to know growing up.

This year, on the day after thanksgiving, I wanted to share my own prayer. It isn’t as eloquent as Grandpa’s words but I hope it will be as meaningful.  As our pastor reminded us at the Thanksgiving service, it is important to be thankful for our blessings. The link to Grandpa’s prayer is

Our Father God we thank thee:

  • For a family circle of holding hands for mealtime prayer
  • For family and friends both near and far
  • For a boy’s first communion after a fun and informative class
  • For parents and grandparents who have demonstrated love and acceptance and continue to do so
  • For cousins who love to play games together
  • For cousins who braid one another’s hair and talk and giggle as they do so
  • For generations of family who enjoy being together
  • For friendships both new and old
  • For sunsets together as a family
  • For the majesty of the ocean
  • For a buffet of delicious food made by many hands
  • For a lazy morning with messy hair and talking
  • For family traditions and memories
  • For birthday celebrations where the birthday boy or girl is made to feel truly special
  • For my cousins who are all very different and very special
  • For my siblings and in-laws who I love to spend time with and laugh with
  • For an inside joke with a loved one
  • For the joy of successfully completing a division problem
  • For the love of reading and books
  • For the love of learning and exploring new things
  • For family and friends who comfort during the hard times
  • For family and friends who also enjoy the fun and silly times
  • For laughter and joy
  • For hugs before bed
  • And our Father-God, to thee we pray for peace, kindness, love, acceptance, and forgiveness..  Amen