Christian Poems For Thanksgiving
A Thankful Heart
Each morning as a new day breaks
I say a little prayer
And thank the Lord with grateful heart
For blessings - everywhere...
For sunlit days and starry nights
And roses in the Spring
That captivate the senses
And cause my heart to sing...
For countless joys of Summer
And evening's Summer breeze,
Sweet moments to remember
Among treasured memories...
For Autum's blaze of color
In shades of flame and gold,
For reverence at Thanksgiving,
Uniting young and old...
For family ties at Christmas
Where love is intertwined
With heightened hope and gladness
And prayers for all mankind.
Vi B. Chevalier
Thankful for All
An easy thing O Power Divine,
To thank Thee for these gifts of Thine!
For summer's sunshine, winter's snow,
For hearts that kindle, thoughts that glow.
But when shall I attain to this: --
To thank Thee for the things I miss?
For all young Fancy's early gleams,
The dreamed - of joys that still are dreams,
Hopes unfulfilled, and pleasures known
Through others' fortunes, not my own,
And blessings seen that are not given,
And never will be, this side of heaven.
Had I, too, shared the joys I see,
Would there have been a heaven for me?
Could I have felt Thy presence near?
Had I possessed what I held dear?
My deepest fortune, highest bliss,
Have grown perchance from things I miss.
Sometimes there comes an hour of calm;
Grief turns to blessing, pain to balm;
A Power that works above my will
Still leads me onward, upward still;
And then my heart attains to this:--
To thank Thee for the things I miss.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
A Thanksgiving Prayer
Oh, God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work, help me
to remember the jobless;
When I have a warm home,
help me to remember the homeless;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer;
And remembering, help me
to destroy my complacency
and bestir my compassion.
Make me concerned enough
to help, by word and deed,
those who cry out
for what we take for granted.
Samuel F. Pugh
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