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Thanksgiving Day Prayers and Blessings

Thanksgiving day prayers are said at the beginning of the Thanksgiving meal. It is the giving of thanks for the bounty of food provided, the love and laughter of good friends, and the joyfulness of being with family that makes this day so meaningful.

"We can always find something to be thankful for, no matter what may be the burden of our wants, or the special subject of our petitions."
~Albert Barnes

Turkey Decoration - Thanksgiving Prayers

Prayers can be long and formal or a simple verse that is simply spoken from the heart. They can be solemn, lighthearted or even be funny Thanksgiving blessings if that's what works for you.

The main point is to give thanks in a way that feels right to you, your family and the guests at your table.

The Thanksgiving prayers that follow are a wonderful way to stop and reflect on all that you have, not only in material possessions, but of good relationships, your health, your freedom, and so much more.

Thanksgiving Day Prayers

Father we thank Thee

Father we thank Thee for this food,
for health and strength and all things good.
May others all these blessings share,
and hearts be grateful everywhere.

We Thank Thee...

"O, heavenly Father: We thank thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
that thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen."

~Abigail van Buren "Dear Abby"

Be Present

"Be present at our table, Lord.
Be here and everywhere adored.
Thy creatures bless and grant that we
May feast in paradise with Thee."

~John Cennick (1718 – 1755)

Thanksgiving Prayer

"May the Lord accept this, our offering,
and bless our food
that it may bring us strength in our body,
vigor in our mind and
selfless devotion in our hearts
for His service."

~India: Swami Paramananda

A Hebrew Blessing

Blessed are 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.

Short Thanksgiving Day Prayers

God Is Great

God is Great
God is Good
Let us Thank Him for our Food

Thanksgiving Grace

To God who gives our daily bread
A thankful song we raise,
And pray that he who sends us food
May fill our hearts with praise.

~Thomas Tallie (1505 - 1585)

For what I give, not what I take,
For battle, not for victory,
My prayer of thanks I make.

~Odell Shepard (1884 - 1967

O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.

~William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

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