expressing thanks

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We thank you, Lord,
   whose finger touched our dust,
   who gave us breath.
We thank you, Lord,
   who gave us sight and sense
   to see the flowers,
   to hear the wind,
   to feel the waters in our hand,
To sleep with the night
and wake with the sun
   to stand upon this earth,
   to hear your voice,
   to sing your praise.
Our hearts are stirred
   with each new sight and sound.
Like a stream
   the whole world pours into our lives,
   and eyes, and hands.
And fills our souls
   with the joy of gratitude
   and living gladness.
We want to embrace
   and experience and express
   every good thing in your world.
O Lord our God,
   how excellent is your name.

Terry C. Falla, Australian author


Lord, our Lord,
    how excellent is your name in all the earth!
    You set your glory above the heavens!
Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies
    you have established strength
    on account of your adversaries,
    in order to silence the enemy and vengeful foe.
When I look at the heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars that you established—
what is man that you take notice of him,
    or the son of man that you pay attention to him?

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