O 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 home, help me to remember those who have no home at all; When
I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer, And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency; bestir my compassion, and be concerned
enough to help; By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for
- Samuel F. Pugh
Give me a good digestion,
Lord, and also something to digest; Give me a healthy body, Lord, and sense
to keep it at its best. Give me a healthy mind, good Lord, to keep the good
and pure in sight; Which, seeing, sin, is not appalled, but finds a way to
set it right.
Give me a mind that is not bound, that does not whimper, whine
or sigh. Don't let me worry overmuch about the fussy thing called "I." Give
me a sense of humor, Lord; give me the grace to see a joke, To get some happiness
from life and pass it on to other folk.
- Thomas H. B. Webb
You, Thank You, Generous God!
Thank You, thank You, thank You, generous
God! You have injected life with joy, thus we know laughter. You have dabbed
creation with color, thus we enjoy beauty. You have whistled a divine tune
into the rhythm of life, thus we hear music. You have filled our minds with
questions, thus we appreciate mystery. You have entered our hearts with compassion,
thus we experience faith.
Thank You, God, Thaank You. Thank You!
C. Welton Gaddy
Be present at our table, Lord. Be here and everywhere
adored. Thy creatures bless and grant that we May feast in paradise with
- John Cennick
who has set us in a world of soaring beauty,
and profound mystery. . .
who has enclosed our years within the eternal context
of fragrant spring mornings,
and sparkling winter nights. . .
who has granted us, over the years,
the lilt of lively companionship,
the provocation of ideas and personalities,
the sheer, clear point of joy
in creating a thing of loveliness,
or of excellence,
the steady, solid support of friendships tried, and tested. . .
we thank you.
Above all we thank you,
for the first flowing of conscience.
We look back,
and we recognize, in ourselves,
the dawning of a conviction that life is not simply
a random series of opportunities and disappointments.
We look back,
and we acknowledge that our life has been a gift,
a gift to be accepted - savoured,
a gift to be lived out,
fully lived out between the twin poles of freedom
And now we step forward in this freedom and this responsibility.,
Free in the knowledge of how little is really essential.
Responsible in the conviction of how much is desperately needed.
Help us, living God,
to maintain this tension,
And in all this grant us grace:
that elusive tenderness
that blesses all it touches,
that lightens every load,
that sings in every song
and dances in every step;
that grace which is the flame of love,
leaping up in our hearts,
and setting our lives afire.
You, O Lord our God, Eternal King, Who feeds the whole world with Your goodness, With
grace, with loving kindness, and with tender mercy. You give food to all flesh,
For Your loving kindness endures forever. Through Your great goodness,
food has never failed us. O may it not fail us forever, for Your name's sake, Since
You nourish and sustain all living things, And do good to all, And provide
food for all Your creatures Whom You have created. Blesses are You, O Lord,
Who gives food to all.
For each new morning with its
light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love
and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lord most giving and resourceful, I
implore you; make it your will that this people enjoy the goods and riches
you naturally give, that naturally issue from you, that are pleasing and
savory, that delight and comfort, though lasting but briefly, passing
away as if in a dream.
Heavenly Father, bless us, And keep
us all alive; There's ten of us for dinner And not enough for five.
Our Father in Heaven,
we give thanks for the pleasure
of gathering together for this occasion. We give thanks for life, the feedom to
enjoy it all, and all other blessings. As we partake of this food, we pray for
health and strength to carry on and try to live as You would have us. This we
ask in the name of Christ Our Heavenly Father.
- Harry Jewell, mid-1900's
Come, Lord Jesus,
Be our guest, And let Thy gifts to us
Be blest. Amen.
Bless this food and us that eats
- Cowboy grace
An Iroquois Prayer
We return thanks
to our mother, the earth, with sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and
streams,which supply us with water. We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish
medicines for the cure of our diseases. We return thanks to the corn, and to her
sisters, the beans and squash, which give us life. We return thanks to the bushes
and trees, which provide us with fruit. We return thanks to the wind, which, moving
the air, has banished diseases. We return thanks to the moon and the stars, which
have given us their light when the sun was gone. We return thanks to our grandfather
He-no, .., who has given to us his rain. We return thanks to the sun, that he
has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye. Lastly, we return thanks to the
Great Spirit, in whom is embodied all goodness, and who directs all things for
the good of his children.
When turkey's on the table laid,
And good things I may scan, I'm thankful that I wasn't made A vegetarian.
Edgar A. Guest
Got no check books, got no banks. Still I'd like to express my thanks - I got the sun in the mornin' and the moon at night.
- Irving Berlin
The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
- Henry Ward Beecher
What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?
To Whom, For What? A day of prayer, self-congratulations, or what? When
the act of counting one's blessings becomes the habit of counting upon one's blessings.
And what the holiday really means.
of Thanksgiving A visitor to America from outer space in late November
might conclude that we worship the turkey goddess. So what is the deeper meaning
of this holiday, with its sometimes conflicting themes?
Mirror Unto The Soul of a Nation "A nation divided cannot stand,"
said Abraham Lincoln, paraphrasing Scripture. But with a bit of luck, some ordinary
patience and understanding, and a touch of grace, it can. Here's how.
If you want to talk with someone in person, please feel free to call 212-864-5436
The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and
Executive Director of CrossCurrents.
He is the author of God and Science (John Knox Press, 1986).
A revised and expanded version of the book is appearing here. God and Science (Hypertext Edition,
He is also editor of a new book, featuring articles by world class scientists and theologians, and illustrating the leading views on the relationship between science and religion: Faith, Science and the Future (CrossCurrents Press, 2007).
Charles also tracks the boundry between the virtual and the real at his blog: Next World Design, focusing on the mediation of art, science and spirituality in the metaverse.