On Thursday of this week, those of us in the United States will celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving. It is a day set aside to give thanks for the many blessings we have received in our lives. While we usually find it easy to be thankful for our material possessions, we sometimes take our spiritual blessings for granted. While thumbing through an old prayer book (The Blessed Sacrament Prayer Book by Father Lasance), I ran across this great prayer of thanksgiving that is designed to be said each morning. These words help us to recall those gifts which should never be forgotten.
O my God, I most humbly thank Thee for all the favors Thou hast bestowed upon me up to the present moment. I give Thee thanks from the bottom of my heart that Thou hast created me after Thine own image and likeness, that Thou hast redeemed me by the precious blood of Thy dear Son, and that Thou has preserved me and brought me safe to the beginning of another day. I offer to Thee, O Lord, my whole being, and in particular all my thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings of this day. I consecrate them all to the glory of Thy name, beseeching Thee that through the infinite merits of Jesus Christ, my Saviour, they may all find acceptance in Thy sight. May Thy divine love animate them, and may they all tend to Thy greater glory. Amen.