As folks gather across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving many will likely ponder the Mayflower Pilgrims and also the many blessings of their own lives. Countless will sit down together to enjoy fancy feasts of turkey and all the trimmings.
Before digging into this delectable bounty, more than a few will stop to thank the One from whom all blessings come. It’s considered polite to wait a moment before eating, just in case the host or hostess chooses to offer a prayer of thanks.
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Here are 12 favorite traditional, famous and festive Thanksgiving prayers.
Often, a family will have a favorite Thanksgiving blessing or prayer for the occasion. Without such a tradition, however, these long-time popular picks might suit the occasion nicely.
For All Things Fair
“For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bless the Lord
“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. Blessed are You, O Lord, Who gives food to all.”
A Thousandth Part of Thanks
“Though our mouths were full of song as the sea, and our tongues of exultation as the multitude of its waves, and our lips of praise as the wide-extended firmament; though our eyes shone with light like the sun and the moon, and our hands were spread forth like the eagles of heaven, and our feet were swift as hinds, we should still be unable to thank thee and bless thy name, O Lord our God and God of our fathers, for one thousandth or one ten thousandth part of the bounties which thou has bestowed upon our fathers and upon us.”
Hebrew Prayer Book
A Child’s Grace
“Here a little child I stand
Heaving up my either hand;
Cold as paddocks though they be,
Here I lift them up to Thee,
For a benison to fall
On our meat, and on us all.
A Moravian Blessing
“Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to be
And bless these gifts
Bestowed by Thee.
And bless our loved ones everywhere,
And keep them in Your loving care.
Classic Family Grace
“Dear Lord, thank you for this food.
Bless the hands that prepared it.
Bless it to our use and us to your service.
And make us ever mindful of the needs of others.
Through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.”
Bless Us, Lord
“Bless us, O Lord, and these
thy gifts which we are about
to receive from thy bounty,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
God Is Great
“God is great, God is good
Let us thank Him for our food. Amen.”
“Jesus, bless what Thou hast given,
Feed our souls with bread from heaven;
Guide and lead us all the way
In all that we may do and say. Amen.”
We Give You Thanks
“For food in a world where many walk in hunger;
For faith in a world where many walk in fear;
For friends in a world where many walk alone;
We give you thanks, O Lord. Amen.”
Thank You, God.
“Thank You for the food we eat.
Thank You for the world so sweet.
Thank You for the birds that sing.
Thank You, God, for everything. Amen.”
We Thank Thee
“Without Thy sunshine and Thy rain
We could not have the golden grain.
Without Thy love we’d not be fed;
We thank Thee for our daily bread. Amen.”
How can these famous and festive Thanksgiving prayers be most appropriately used?
Gathering to say grace before sitting down to a Thanksgiving feast is a treasured tradition in many American homes.
Many folks join hands, as one individual leads the group in a corporate Thanksgiving prayer. Some may recite a favorite Thanksgiving prayer in unison, either from memory or from printed sheets. Others may simply display a favorite Thanksgiving prayer on a pretty page or calligraphy scroll at each place setting of the Thanksgiving table.
However prayers of thanksgiving are expressed, an attitude of gratitude is the hallmark of the Thanksgiving holiday.