Mr. Tony Barkley

          Prayer of Gratitude

We walk before our God today and every day, thankful for God’s presence in our lives,a presence that breathes gentleness, that heals our brokenness and loves us into wholeness that embraces us with goodness so pervasive that our lives can be but echoes of a continuing hymn of thanks and praise.

We are grateful for eyes that can see and ponder, for taste buds that know the pleasures of eating and drinking, for hands that hold and touch and feel, for ears that can delight in music and the voice of a friend, for a nose that can smell the aroma of newly mowed grass or delicious food, and can also breathe the air that gives us life.

We are grateful for the treasure of our families and loved ones whose hearts of openness and trust have encouraged us to be who we are.  We are grateful for their faithfulness, for standing by us when our weaknesses stood out glaringly, for being there when we were most in need and for delighting with us in our good days and our joyful seasons.

We are grateful for the eyes of faith, for believing in the presence of God, giving us hope in our darkest days, encouraging us to listen to our spirit’s hunger and reminding us to trust in the blessings of God’s presence in our most empty days.

We are grateful for the ongoing process of becoming who we are, for the great adventure of life that challenges and comforts us at one and the same time. We place our future into your hands, O God knowing that you have been, are, and will always be with us.

We are grateful for the messengers of God—people, events, written or spoken words—that came to us at just the right time and helped us to grow. We are grateful for God calling us to work with our gifts, grateful that we can be of service and use our talents in a responsible and just way.

We are grateful that we have the basic necessities of life, that we have the means and the ability to hear the cries of the poor and to respond with our abundance.

We are grateful for the miracle of life, for the green of our earth, for the amazing grace of our history; we are grateful that we still have time to decide the fate of the world by our choices and our actions, grateful that we have it within our power to bring a divided world to peace.

Let us pray:

Faithful God, you have lavished us with love.  Keep us ever mindful that you keep your promises.  On our difficult days help us to remember that you are a refuge for those who need shelter, a comfort for those who feel empty and poor in spirit.  On our joyful days fill us with a deep sense of thanksgiving as we experience your everlasting love.  Help us to share your graciousness with all those who need a touch of generous love.  Amen.





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