My Daily Office readings have me in the Book of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) currently. This is a time I am appreciative of translations like the Common English Bible that help those not so common passages (to me) make more sense.
Most merciful Father, we humbly thank you for all your gifts so freely bestowed upon us: for life and health and safety, for strength to work and leisure to rest, for all that is beautiful in creation and in human life; but above all we thank you for our spiritual mercies in Christ Jesus ourContinue reading “With Thanks”
Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love. We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for theContinue reading “Prayer for Thanksgiving”
1 2 0 . FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the wonder of your creatures, large and small; and for all the loveliness that surrounds us. We praise you forContinue reading “Giving thanks”
The past week or so has been a week of angst on social media and the media in general. How do you have a nice meal with people who are not in your political camp? Mostly, it’s about “tolerating” the “difficult” people. (It never occurs to us that we’re the difficult ones at times.)
Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love. We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for theContinue reading “A Thanksgiving Prayer”
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory ofContinue reading “Thanksgiving prayer”
Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech you that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride andContinue reading “On this Thanksgiving week: a prayer”
We are now down to TWO DAYS before movers show up and haul out the last of our worldly possessions. Tomorrow… Sunday… I get the privilege of preaching one last time at Heights Church. I have talked about how I have loved the city where I was able to live the past 20 years. ButContinue reading “Some last words”
Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family.