A Prayer for Thanksgiving

O Lord my God, my Savior, I pray for a heart of thanksgiving for myself and for my family. Father, you are my reason for joy even when I fail. You are faithful when I am unfaithful. You promise heaven when I am consumed by the next hour. Protect me from my own selfish desires. I confess that I want what cannot satisfy. I confess that I would rather complain about what is not done than be grateful for what I can do. I confess that I am easily disappointed by those I love even when I am blessed by your grace and mercy when I fail you. I confess I cling to bitterness more than I rush to praise. I confess that I am not satisfied that the nearness of you is my good.

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