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As we prepare for our Thanksgiving meals, here are some prayers for giving thanks to our good and faithful God, compiled by my friend Laura De Assis, director of caring ministries at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, California.


“Father, we thank Thee for this food,
For health and strength and all things good.
May others all these blessings share,
And hearts be grateful everywhere.”
-Traditional American Blessing (circa 1800s)

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“For peaceful homes, and healthful days,
For all the blessings Earth displays,
We owe Thee thankfulness and praise,
Giver of all!”
-Christopher Wadsworth (19th century)

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“Be present at our table, Lord;
Be here, and everywhere adored;
Thy mercies bless and grant that we
May feast in fellowship with Thee.
Amen.”
-Anonymous

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“Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything.”
-Child’s Blessing

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“O Lord, we thank Thee for this food,
For every blessing, every good.
For earthly sustenance and love
Bestowed on us from heaven above.
Be present at our table, Lord.
Be here and everywhere adored.
Thy children bless and grant that we
May feast in paradise with Thee.”
-Garrison Keilor

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“Lord Jesus, be our guest;
Our morning joy, our evening rest.
And with our daily bread and part,
Bring peace and joy to every heart.
Amen.”
-Traditional American Grace

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“Bless this food we are about to receive.
Give bread to those who hunger,
And hunger for justice to us who have bread.
Amen.”
­-Traditional American Grace

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