Oh Lord, our God,
Keenly aware of our blessed state,
We come before You with grateful hearts,
Full of humility and awareness of Your goodness.
May Your name be praised
In every corner of our land,
As we remember Your works of old
And witness the miracles of life.
Not because of who we are,
But because of Your character,
We’ve received the wonders of Your Love,
Your merciful Gospel of Truth.
Thank You for grace;
Thank You for rest;
Thank You for family and friends;
Thank You for love and forgiveness.
Thank You for second chances,
And thirds, fourths, and fifths …
You have provided for us every step of the way;
Thank You for Your Word.
We thank You for reason, imagination, and faith.
Thank You for pain;
Thank You for the Spirit
And the reminders of conscience.
We marvel at the beautiful mystery of marriage;
We praise You for our daughters and sons.
Thank You for opening the heavens for us —
Thank You, thank You, dear Father.
As that word, “Father,” rolls off our lips,
We stand in awe of You, our beloved Father.
What is man that You are mindful of him?
Yes, indeed, we give You thanks.
We stand proudly as the adopted,
The sinners, the prodigals, returned.
Received by Grace into the arms
Of He who owed us nothing but contempt.
“Jesus paid it all,” we sing in praise.
“All to Him [we] owe
“[Our] sin had left a crimson stain,
“He washed it white as snow.”
May this truth live forever,
Foremost in our minds and on our lips.
May it make every day Thanksgiving Day
Until the day of Christ’s return.