Parish Universalist Church
790 Washington Street, P. O. Box 284, Stoughton, Massachusetts 02072
Church School: 10:45 AM
A Thanksgiving Prayer
Rev. Jeffrey Symynkywicz, November 21, 2010
the first part says “Thanks”;
the second part
is all about giving.
Just as the harvest marks the culmination
of the earth’s deepest intentions,
so may the harvest of our gratitude
bring forth blessings upon our fellow creatures.
Our thanks to the Spirit of Life for the gift of life must be manifested within our lives.
We offer our true thanksgiving not through pious observations or in singing hymns of praise. Truly, we sing now together song of thanksgiving in how we live our lives.
Simply, there is no thanks-giving without thanks-living; there is no gift of life unless we share the gift; there is no real wealth unless we share it, and spread it around.
So, on this special day of Thanksgiving, rejoicing in goods which the ages have wrought:
Let us be thankful for the food we have on our tables, and remember those who have no food;
Let us be thankful for the good health we enjoy, and find ways to heal all of those stricken with disease;
Let us thank God for our friends and our loved ones, and seek to widen that circle of love and compassion in any way we can;
Let us thank God for our freedom, and use it wisely, and remember all of those the world over who are yet persecuted, and oppressed, and enslaved.
True Thanksgiving comes from the heart, as well as from the lips, and manifests itself in deeds of love. Amen.