Today is Thanksgiving so I thought I would again share with you a prayer that I have been using the last few years. It is definitely for today but can really be used almost any day of the year. The author of the prayer is Samuel F. Pugh. He died just before Christmas 2007 at the age of 103. He spent more that 70 years of his life in Christian ministry. He was also a renowned poet and author. Let us all be truly thankful for everything we have and also aware that there are those among us who need our help and prayers. Happy Thanksgiving, RJ
A Thanksgiving Prayer (Samuel F. Pugh)
Oh, God, when I have food help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work, help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless;
When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer;
And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency and bestir my compassion.
Make me concerned enough to help, by word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted.
2 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving”
I like this stream of thought. When I have laundry to do I try to give thanks for my family members that I love and that I “have” laundry to do for them. It is all perspective that we give thanks for everything in our lives, everything!
Thanks for the comment. Yeah, that is exactly what this prayer is meant to solicit. We need to be thankful for everything we have and to be aware that others are not as fortunate as we might be. Give thanks to the Lord hour-by-hour and not just that time when we might be in church on Sunday.