“I will give thanks to you, God, with all my heart; I will talk about all your wonderful acts. I will celebrate and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, Most High.”
As we move into a week which includes Thanksgiving Day, most likely this Thanksgiving will look and feel different in this pandemic year. Yet, we continue to seek to find a sense of grace and gratitude in a world in which we see so much sickness, pain and loss.
I have a book of evening prayers in which the author says that it is in the evening, before we go to sleep, that we are offered the opportunity of letting go and giving thanks. In a culture dominated by the value of control and power, letting go into the mystery of each night helps us learn how to live with more trust and gratitude during the day.
I offer you this evening prayer and invite you to offer it as your prayer each evening this week as we seek blessing for a Thanksgiving filled with gratitude for life and love and hope.
Loving God, “Let them all go to You, all the joys and sufferings of this day. Let them all go to You, all the worries of today. Let them all go to You, all the mistakes that I made. Let them all go to You, all the people that I care for. Let them all go to You, all the sufferings of the world. Let them all go to You, all the happiness I held; let it all go to You. All the good that was done, let it all go to You. All the beauty that appeared, let it all go to You. All the love that I was given, let it all go to You. Let me all go to You. Amen.”