Will you be having a dinner today for Thanksgiving? Wondering whether to have a table prayer before the meal begins?
Here are a few ideas. Feel free to adapt and improvise.
Let us give thanks this day….
For the turkey, that quintessential American fowl, that Ben Franklin wanted as the American symbol, and which became the Thanksgiving entree when President Abraham Lincoln made this day into a national holiday.
For those who prepared the meal, we give thanks for the time, energy, and creativity that went into the mashed potatoes, the candied yams, the green beans, the gravy and of course the turkey.
For family and friends, gathered here around this table. May we appreciate the gift of each other. In gratitude, may we remember that when two or more are gathered together, that we can change the world for the better.
For yesterday, today, and tomorrow. May the road ahead bring opportunities to all.
“This Thanksgiving, let those of us who have much, and those who have little, gather at the welcoming feast. This day, may rich and poor alike remember that we are called to serve one another and to walk together humbly in this world. With thankful hearts, we praise our Creator who has given us all good things.”
From Songs of Our Hearts, Meditations of Our Souls: Prayers for Black Catholics, edited by Cecilia A. Moor, Ph.D., C. Vanessa White, D.Min., and Paul M. Marshall, S.M.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 28, 2013
Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better, provides leaders with a guide to initiating, and navigating through, organizational change. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and via his website: http://about.me/terrenceseamon