Sunday, November 18, 2012

CMMB: Your Weekly Reflection in Prayer: Thanksgiving

Weekly prayer reflection for Fall
“May God be gracious to us and bless us, and make His face to shine upon us…Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.”
Psalm 67: 1-5

November 18, 2012 
Dear Friends
One of the most beautiful and meaningful celebrations of the year is Thanksgiving Day. We step back. With a bit of humility, we acknowledge our dependence, our indebtedness to God and to those who have made our way of life possible. We recognize the goodness of God and of others to us. Thankfulness has been called ‘the memory of the heart.’ This poem of George Herbert puts it better than I can:

Thou hast given so much to me
Give me one thing more – a grateful heart,
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be
Thy praise.
All powerful God, Your gifts of love are countless and Your goodness infinite. We come before You this Thanksgiving week in gratitude for Your kindness. Open our hearts to have concern for every man, woman, and child, so that we may share Your gifts in loving service. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  

Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors