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Prayer of Thanksgiving

Updated on October 13, 2012
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Prayer's Walk Mansel Lewis United States public domain
Prayer's Walk Mansel Lewis United States public domain | Source



If I had had only one day, it would have been enough;

If I had had only one love, it would have been enough;

If I had seen only one smile,

or tasted the fruit of only one tree,

It would have been enough.

If I had sat at only one table with family and friends,

it would have been enough.

If I had looked into my child's eyes just once,

If I had felt the tears of

disappointment,

of sadness,

of heartbreak, just once, it would have been enough;

If I had felt the sweat on my brow

after digging in my garden--just once

If I had felt you move through me just once

Or sat in awe of the sea on a sparkling day,

or of the mountains capped in snow--just once;

But I have had time, and life, and love.

I have watched the sun rise and set.

I have felt the love of early youth

and of steadfast love

and felt those embers burn long.

I have felt the love of scildren

and eaten of your love.

I am thankful.


This is based on the dayenu.



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012


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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this Happyboomernurse and happy holidays to you!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      This is a beautiful reminder of life's prescious bounty and abundance, a prayer of gratitude for the fullness of life and blessing of true love.

      Thanks for sharing this.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you tammyswallow!!! I so appreciate the read and comments!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is just gorgeous! It is greatfullness during a time of struggle. A real symbol of an advanced soul. Excellent!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      These lines are very soothing.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur! Happy day to you!

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      Nithya Venkat 6 years ago from Dubai

      Lovely poem reminding us of all the wonderful things God has blessed us with. We must remember to thank him each and every day for the gift of life.Beautiful poem, Voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you lin8t---Justin I forget exactly why I had that thought now---must have been something!

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      audrey, I didn't know I was hiding my depth ;-)

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      lin8t 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is beautiful and a reminder to me what this year is about. A year of gratitude, of giving thanks for what I do have. Thank you for this poem :-).

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you so much JamesAWatkins! PDX you are a deeper soul than you let on I think!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Your "Prayer of Thanksgiving" is wonderful! I love it. Thank you so much for this pleasure.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      lol, maybe!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Like a cafeteria catholic?

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I've been referring to myself later as an agnostic Christian

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you so much time2rite!

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      Kathryne Waller 6 years ago from Knoxville, TN USA

      This is a very beautiful poem full of the sacred throughout! We have truly been blessed to experience all that life has to offer from the Hand of the Lord. Thank you for sharing!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      I may be more Buddhist these days than Catholic, but love the prayer and I think gratitude is a good state of mind to be in--

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      well, i'm not Jewish or Catholic, so, I'm not certain I can be of any help in enlightening you on the subject :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you FaithDream---smiles to you

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      This is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this inspiring prayer to lift the spirit.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thanks PDX---I think it is a Jewish prayer--but I am not sure. I first ran across it in a Catholic service and loved it--

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      good work, audrey, as usual. what is the dayenu?

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you miss_jkim and Jesusmyjoy--It makes me feel so pleased that you enjoyed this one---

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      Betty Bolden 6 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      wonderful job on this

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      miss_jkim 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful prayer/poem; written from a grateful heart, penned with grace and love. Well done.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you jfay!

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      jfay2011 6 years ago

      very lovely. Definitely a day to give thanks for being alive. Of course we should do this practice everyday and count our blessings.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you phdast! I am not a particularly religious person, but the Dayenu is a favorite prayer--I guess I really believe in the power of gratitude.

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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Audrey- A lovely and moving poem full of much truth. Halfway through the poem, I heard a faint tune in my mind. And then I recognized it; I was mentally singing "Dayenu" a song my sister-in-law taught my (Christian) family when we would gather at her house to celebrate Passover together some fifteen years ago.

      I paused for a moment puzzled that the song had come flooding into my mind...and then I realized the phrasing and syntax of your poem was similar to the words of the song. Interesting I thought, and kept reading. And there, at the end of the poem was the sentence - "This is based on the Dayenu."

      How amazing our minds and hearts and spirits are. My subconscious recognized the pattern in your poem and pulled up the accompanying music while my conscious mind was enjoying the poem but not yet making the connection.

      Wonderful poem and how marvelous are the minds and spirits that God has given each of us. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you for the read and the honor Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      prayers a parade of prayers will be spoken on thanskgiving.. yours will lead the parade loved it :)

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading Hyphenbird! It is good to feel gratitude for all we have.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Oh yes Audrey. Only one time would have been enough. Yet God has given so much. I have lived, loved, seen a million smiles from my child. My beloved has held me as I wept and i have slipped a note into my father's pocket just before they closed the casket. My life has been an incredible gift. Thank You Father God. And thank you Audrey for this beautiful verse.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading and comments--please don't worry about the length--

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful! Sorry to leave such a short comment.

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