With my beautiful bride at Newfound Gap, December, 2007.

With my beautiful bride at Newfound Gap, December, 2007.

I  have so much to be thankful for — a beautiful wife to share my life and the ability to hike and enjoy the beauty of God’s world (and yes, that even includes snow!).

It’s  hard to put into words all for which I should be thankful.  Perhaps the following prayer from the Book of Common Prayer best describes how I should approach this and every other day.

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 the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank  you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things.  Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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3 Responses to “Thanksgiving”

  1. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: What a beautiful post of thanks. I wish you and Betsy a wonderful thanksgiving.

    Soccer Boy is 7 in first grade.

  2. Nonie Says:

    I agree with Fishing Guy…that was a beautiful prayer of thanks and we have so much to shout thanks for. I appreciate your sharing it.

  3. seniorhiker Says:

    I’m glad you liked it. I think we really do have to be more thankful everyday and not just one day a year.

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