Writing is a gift. It is the gift of bringing words to life. It is like when one reads a story and becomes so engrossed in the book that it's impossible to put it down until you are done. It is a God given gift. My religious knowledge comes from a lifetime of attending Lutheran schools - from first grade through my first and only year of college.
I am using that Christian education in my writings to tell others the wonderful things God has done for all people...
Thursday, November 22, 2012
A Thanksgiving Prayer
A Thanksgiving Prayer
Now thank we all our
With heart and hands
Who wondrous things
In whom his world
Who from our mother’s
Have blessed us on
With countless gifts
And still is ours
(Christian Worship pg. 610)
Who from our mother's arms...
Dear Heavenly Father,
a great and awesome God. All that we are and all that we have comes from you. Without
your presence life on this earth would be a miserable existence.
to you today in thankfulness for the many gifts you give us daily. We so often take for
granted our warm homes in the winter, the car we drive, the job which provides
for our needs, the freedom we have to come and go as we please, grocery stores
filled with food, our health, our families, the sunshine, the moon, the stars, the
rain, the snow, the birds singing beautifully each morning, the mountains,
lakes, streams, and oceans. We sometimes forget that all of these wonderful gifts
come from you.
soon be celebrating the birth of your Son the best gift of all, who gave up His
glory for a time and came in human form into a sinful and imperfect world. He
lived the perfect and sinless life which we, because of our inherited sinful
nature are unable to live. He was persecuted and suffered the punishment we
deserve for sin by suffering and dying on the cross in our place - and he did
it willingly! He then conquered death and Satan by rising to life three days
later. I will put enmity [Jesus] between you and the woman and between your
offspring and hers; he will crush your [Satan’s] head, and you will strike his [Jesus’]heel (Genesis 3:15).
The gift of grace...
of the sacrifice of Jesus, all people are offered the free gift of eternal
salvation by your grace and through faith in Him. We pray that you would lead
those who don’t yet know you to open the gift you offer which is set before
them in your holy Word and make their hearts receptive to your Holy Spirit.
those of us who do know you to reflect your love and grace to each person we
meet. Help us to shine your light in this dark and evil world remembering that
each soul is loved by you as if he/she were your only child. Help us to respond, out of thankfulness to you, with generous and loving hearts toward others.
...offered freely in your Word
us with your love and keep us always in your grace. Amen
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in
the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 17:8)