Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Prayer of Gratitude

My parish offers a book of reflections called Daybreaks each Advent and Lent. This year's Advent reflections are written by Patricia Livingston. Inside the front cover is a prayer of gratitude to use at the beginning of each day. Since there are so many things to be grateful for, most importantly the gift of our Savior, I thought I'd share this prayer here with all who stumble upon this site.

For a moment of stillness in which to pray,
For health and strength,
For a sunset,
For lessening of fear,
For a connection with friend or family,
For a chance to offer kindness,
For a sense of oneness with the whole human family,
For something beautiful, inspiring, funny, delicious, or restful,
We respond with a prayer of gratitude.

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Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.