“Lord, I thank you for your faithfulness and love.
Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
with your right hand you save me.
The Lord will preserve me;
your love, Lord, endures for ever –
do not abandon us, the works of your hands.”
“Naked I came into this world from my mother’s womb, and naked I will leave this life. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
“And now, bless the God of all,
who has done wondrous things here on earth;
Who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb,
and would fashion them well, according to his will.
May he grant you joy of heart,
and may peace abide among you.”
“Remember us, O Lord, in thy loving kindness and tender mercies, as ever they have been from old.”
“I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing, or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation. And I have learned to be thankful, whether empty or full.”
“Man has places in his heart which do not yet exist, and into them enters suffering, in order that they may have life.”
“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations, especially such as have shown kindness unto us, and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord…
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.”
I have remembered all of you in my thoughts and prayers, as always, my brothers and sisters in Christ. And I give thanks for you and your goodness. Let us commend ourselves to His merciful forgiveness, and our futures to His loving kindness, and tender mercy. Let us permit ourselves to be fashioned to His will, not for His sake, but for ours.
Remember to feed the least of His creatures, the birds and animals. And the hearts of those you meet, with a kind word and a smile.
Be kind to those who are around our table today, even those who may be ‘difficult.’ And pray for His mercy and enlightenment, and thank the others for their understanding, if that difficult one is you.
Need little – Want less – Love more