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A Thanksgiving Prayer

Sixteen years ago, I wrote this prayer for our family, which then included a child. That little boy will graduate from college this year, but we still say the prayer because we are all still immensely grateful for the blessings enumerated here.

Dear God,

At this time of Thanksgiving, we thank you for our many blessings:

We thank you especially for our family and our happy homes.

We thank you for giving us all the food we need and want to eat.

We thank you for nice clothes, a comfortable bed, hot water, and a warm house.

We thank you for doctors who help make us well when we are sick.

We thank you for teachers who help us learn.

We thank you for the precious gifts of our talents.

We thank you for music, paintings, and books.

We thank you for our country—for the brave men who had the idea for our nation in the first place, and for the brave men and women who fight for our freedoms and to protect us from our enemies.

God bless us all. Help us always to do the right thing and to be grateful every day.

Amen

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