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Thanksgiving Prayer!

November 22, 2011

Our Heavenly Father, when we read in the Bible how your Son, Jesus Christ, adores you and loves you, when your Word reveals the perfections of love, goodness and righteousness, peace and joy which manifest themselves every day in your relationship with your Son; and when we see Jesus Christ’s perfect obedience to you, how He trusted You at Gethsemane, how He called on You from the cross to forgive those who crucified Him, we realize that our greatest desire has come true, that God is love, and only in the Trinity, God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, could the command to “love one another” exist before time, before Creation, when there was only you. So we can truly say that all is right in heaven today, for all is perfect love and adoration between Father and Son. So our hearts are made glad, no matter the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune that burden our souls and what great weights we carry such that our knees about to buckle. 

We can truly say, with all our hearts, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” And hear us as we pray, our Father, for the lost sheep, our loved ones who do not know their way back to you. Some of them are long-lost friends, and some of them are from our families. But you are great and good, and Christ your Son has shown us the way to perfect trust in you. You are nothing like the false deities that men and demons have imagined. We could not love, nor could anyone love, a deity who traded favors to mortals in return for their bowing and scraping and giving and doing. We could not love if you were not love. But our hearts are open and warmed because of who you are. And we believe we can be kind to one another, tenderhearted too, forgiving one another as You have forgiven us.

This is our Thanksgiving Prayer, Lord God, that another year has passed, and You are ever so much more glorious for the perfection of your relationship, Father and Son, between whom is only love, goodness, righteousness, peace and joy.

At sundown when our thoughts are settling in, like geese landing on a pond in the evening’s last light, when the western sky turns a robins’ egg blue, give thanks that there has always been a heavenly Father and always His Son, and that another day has increased their glory on account of their faithful love, goodness, righteousness, peace and joy for one another. And so we pray “Thy Kingdom Come on earth as it is in heaven.” For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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  1. November 23, 2011 5:52 am

    Beautiful, Bob! I hope you and yours’ will enjoy a wonderful holiday together, reveling in this Love you’ve so explicitly described here. Blessings, Pat M.

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