We lay our thankful hearts before you

Giving Thanks...
Giving Thanks, by Sharon Tate Soberon CC BY-ND 2.0 via Flickr

For all things bright and beautiful,
For all things dark and mysterious and lovely,
For all things green and growing and strong,
For all things weak and struggling
   to push life up through rocky earth,
For all human faces, hearts, minds, and hands
   which surround us,
And for all nonhuman minds and hearts,
   paws and claws, fins and wings,
For this Life and the life of the world,
For all that you have laid before us, O God,
We lay our thankful hearts before you.
In Christ’s name.

Gail A. Ricciuti, American pastor and professor

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Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all deeps,
 fire and hail, snow and mist,
    stormy wind fulfilling his word!

Mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars!
Beasts and all livestock,
    creeping things and flying birds!

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
    princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and maidens together,
    old men and children!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his majesty is above earth and heaven.

 

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