Thanksgiving Prayer

        Even though I clutch my blanket and growl
        when the alarm rings each morning, thank
        you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many
        who are deaf.

        Even though I keep my eyes tightly closed
        against the morning light as long as possible,
        thank you Lord, that I can see. There are
        many who are blind.

        Even though I huddle in my bed and put off
        the effort of rising, thank you, Lord that I
        have the strength to rise. There are many
        who are bedridden.

        Even though the first hour of my day is
        hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned,
        and tempers are short, thank you, Lord, for
        my family. There are many who are lonely.

        Even though our breakfast table never looks
        like the pictures in magazines and the menu
        is at times unbalanced, thank you, Lord for
        the food we have. There're many who have no job.

        Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate
        from day to day and wish my circumstances
        were not so modest, thank you, Lord, for the
        gift of life.

[ Author Unknown -- from Harry Updegraff, Jr.; via Mona Rae ]


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