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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Graces - A Grace for All Blessings on Thanksgiving

On this day, as on every day, we Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving. We have gratitude for EVERYTHING that has ever occurred to bring us to this moment. We give thanks for the joys and the sufferings, the moments of peace and the flashes of anger, the compassion and the indifference, the roar of our courage and the cold sweat of our fear. We accept gratefully the entirety of our past and our present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As we join hands in fellowship around this bountiful table, we give thanks for the blessings of this food and the love of these friends as a symbol of our gratitude for all the manifold blessings of this life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For food that stays our hunger,
For rest that brings us ease,
For homes where memories linger,
We give our thanks for these.
- Anonymous

We gather today in gratitude for the bounty of the land, the joyful company around this table, and all the other blessings of this life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We return thanks to our mother,
the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
- Iroquois traditional

We receive this food in gratitude to all beings
Who have helped to bring it to our table,
And vow to respond in turn to those in need
With wisdom and compassion.
- Buddhist traditional

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