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A General Thanksgiving

On Day One of vacation, I enjoyed some quiet time to read Morning Prayer, including all three readings from Forward Day by Day.  And rather than include the office's General Thanksgiving, I turned to the back of The Book of Common Prayer (BCP 836) for a prayer of thanksgiving which is my personal favorite.  The Rev. Dr. Charles P. Price is its author.  He was faculty at Virginia Theological Seminary when my father and future father-in-law were classmates there in the mid 1970s.

This thanksgiving brims full with beautiful prose, powerful images, and glorious praise.  It capture the glories and tensions of this human existence and offers it all up to God.  I think the part enumerating the blessings found through Jesus Christ are some of the most wonderful words, with its rhythm and teaching.

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have
done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole
creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life,
and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for
the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best
efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy
and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures
that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the
truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast
obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying,
through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life
again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and
make him known; and through him, at all times and in all
places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

Thank you, Dr. Price.  This is a gift that keeps on giving.  It is inspired writing, lovely praise, and full thanksgiving!