Recently I’ve been trying to expose myself to more variety in the things I use to reflect and pray. This last week that resulted in using two prayers–one written by St. Tikhon of Moscow (late 19th century) and the other written by an Omaha Native American. I share them with you hoping they can move you toward thankfulness to God this Thanksgiving.
St. Tikhon of Moscow
Come, ye thankful people, and let us raise a hymn of grateful praise to God, our Benefactor and Creator, the bounteous source of all our blessings, the riches of our earthly life, and the glory of the world to come, for in His great mercy and love for us His children, He has granted us salvation.
Come, ye thankful people, and let us praise the Father, who in His goodness created heaven and earth, and all that is in them, endowing us His creatures, with reason to worship Him, who in His great mercy and love for us His children, has granted us salvation.
Come, ye thankful people, and let us praise the only-begotten Son, who for our sakes clothed Himself in mortal nature, choosing to suffer and die for us, trampling down death and raising us with Himself, who in His great mercy and love for us His children, has granted us salvation.
Come, ye thankful people, and let us praise the Holy Spirit, who descended upon the Apostles, making them fishers of men, through whom the earth has received, the knowledge of the Holy Trinity, who in His great mercy and love for us His children, has granted us salvation.
Unknown Omaha Native American Christian
O divine Gift-giver,
I stand beneath the endless waterfall of your abundant gifts to me.
I thank you especially for the blessing of life, the most precious of all your gifts to me.
I thank you, Ever-generous One,
for clothing to wear,
for food and drink to nourish my body,
for all the talents and skills
that you have bestowed upon me.
I thank you for the many joys of my life,
for family and friends,
for work that gives to me a sense of purpose
and invests my life with meaning.
I thank you as well
for the sufferings and trials of my life
which are also gifts
and which together with my mistakes
are among my most important teachers.
Grant that I may never greet a new day
without the awareness of some gift
for which to give you thanks.
And may constant thanksgiving
be my song of perpetual praise to you.