“For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses…”
~Walter Rauschenbusch (1861–1918) excerpt from Thanksgiving Day Prayer
Photo by Brian Auer
Begin today with a long moment of quiet. Recognize that you are in the presence of God, sacred and loving.
This is the Lord’s Prayer (the “Our Father”), sung by a contemporary Orthodox priest in the Aramaic language. This is the language that Jesus spoke natively, and the language he would have spoken to his disciples when he taught them how to pray.
Lord, You know what is best; let this be done or that be done as You please. Give what You will, as much as You will, when You will. Do with me as You know best, as will most please You, and will be for Your greater honor. Place me where You will and deal with me freely in all things. I am in Your hand; turn me about whichever way You will. Behold, I am Your servant, ready to obey in all things. Not for myself do I desire to live, but for You - would that I could do this worthily and perfectly!
- by THOMAS A KEMPIS, from THE IMITATION OF CHRIST, Bk 3, chapter 15)