Rose Berger’s Thanksgiving Table Prayer

(Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
(Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

We’ll have about 13 joining us today for Thanksgiving dinner. I hope you will join us in spirit by sharing our Thanksgiving Table Prayer wherever you are.

Thanksgiving Table Prayer
by Rose Marie Berger

Blessed art thou, Lord our God, Creator of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Open our hearts to peace and healing between all people.
Open our hearts to provide for and protect all the children of the earth.
Open our hearts to respect for the earth and all the gifts of the earth.
Crowd our open hearts with gratitude as we celebrate this feast of Thanksgiving.

We pause now and, silently or aloud, offer our thanks for Your great generosity. [Allow for silent reflection or short spoken prayers.]

We thank you for the gifts of one another–especially for the gifts of love and affection that are freely shared among us and with the creatures of the earth.

We thank you for all who are present at this our feast as well as for all those who have labored in love to bring this dinner to our table.

May You, our God, bless this Thanksgiving feast and all of us who share it. May it nourish our bodies and strengthen our souls that we may serve the “least of these” in the days to come. Amen.

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