Ever Present God,

It’s November and our thoughts turn to our celebration of Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for.  Even in the midst of international strife, economic woes and individual worries of many kinds, we find things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day.  Sometimes they’re big things like recovery from an illness or injury.  Sometimes it’s little things that add up to big things.  Often it’s the realization that you, your love and your care are with us through all the trials and joys of life.

Grant us the grace Lord that we may intentionally focus on the many good things for which we have to be thankful for day by day throughout the year and not just at this time.  May the assurance of Your presence with each of us grant strength, courage, hope and peace, the kind of peace that comes only from knowing we are cradled firmly in your loving arms.


Give to my heart, Oh Lord...

Compassion and understanding.

Give to my hands skill and tenderness.

Give to my ears the ability to listen.

Give to my lips words to comfort.

Give to me, Lord...

Strength for the selfless service

and enable me to give hope

to those I am called to serve.