On this Saturday before Thanksgiving
(at least in the United States –
some of us celebrate on another day)
let us offer thanks for so many things
for even during this difficult year
we have so much for which we can be thankful
and it doesn’t hurt to be reminded

Lord, I thank you for the small things
hot coffee when I wake up
or come in from the cold
a comfy bed when I am ready to sleep
and all of the things in between
that fill my day
and bring me joy and comfort

I thank you for the people in my life
the ones I am able to see in person
thanks to bubbles
the ones I see online
thanks to technology
and the ones I only see in my dreams
for they have been called to glory

I thank you for my privilege
while acknowledging that
other people do not have that
and I promise to do what I can
to make sure that I do not let
this privilege cause me
to hurt others

I thank you for chances to learn
and to grow
in so many ways
ways I could not have dreamed of
not that long ago
for things are constantly changing
and I am having to change with them

Most of all, Lord,
I thank you that you
are a part of my life
for it is with you
and through you
that I find true peace


Katherine Burgess was one of the contributors to A Child Laughs: Prayers of Justice and Hope. She also co-wrote a book of daily prayers with Neal Mathers. She is a second-career minister in the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and serves two congregations in Québec. She is presently trying to figure out a way to celebrate Advent and Christmas with her congregations even while they are still not able to gather together.

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One thought on “Saturday Prayer

  1. Thank you for offering a wonderful prayer for all your southern neighbors in the US and for gratitude we should well remember not just once a year, but daily.


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