Thanksgiving Day Prayers
The first of these Thanksgiving Day Prayers means a lot to us because it was written during a very hard time along time ago. Many of us can relate to hard times even today. Families are struggling, many have lost their jobs, their homes and more.
When we're going through hard times, it's so easy to get anxious or stressed out about things. The writer of this Thanksgiving poem probably had a lot to grumble and complain about, like we all do, but instead he chose to focus his attention on what he could be thankful for.
There's some thee's and thou's in this one because it was written 153 years ago, but it's cool to think that even then, people struggled with the same things that we still do today.
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By Hanford Lennox Gordon (1857, during a great depression)
Father, our thanks are due to thee
For many a blessing given,
By thy paternal love and care,
From the bounty-horn of heaven.
We know that still that horn is filled
With blessings for our race,
And we calmly look thro' winter's storm
To thy loving face.
Father, we raise our thanks to Thee,
Who seldom thanked before;
And seldom bent the stubborn knee
Thy goodness to adore:
But Father, thou hast blessings poured
On all our wayward days
And now thy mercies manifold
Have filled our hearts with praise
The winter-storm may rack and roar;
We do not fear its blast;
And we'll bear with faith and fortitude
The lot that thou hast cast.
But Father, Father, O look down
On the poor and homeless head
And feed the hungry thousands
That cry to thee for bread.
Thou givest us our daily bread;
We would not ask for more;
But, Father, give their daily bread
To the multitudes of poor.
In all the cities of the land
The naked and hungry are;
O feed them with thy manna, Lord,
And clothe them with thy care.
Thou dost not give a serpent, Lord,
We will not give a stone;
For the bread and meat thou givest us
Are not for us alone.
And while a loaf is given to us
From thy all-bounteous horn
We'll cheerfully divide that loaf
With the hungry and forlorn.
Read another Thanksgiving Day Prayer here.
Put Thanksgiving Day Prayers into action!
We love how the writer shares even the little he has with others less fortunate.
We recently read that the brain cannot be stressed and thankful at the same time. So if you're feeling stressed out, put on some music that makes you smile and dance, write down 5 things you're thankful for, share something, or smile at someone and watch your stress disappear!
Funny Thanksgiving Poems
If you want to read some lighter Thanksgiving poems to help your thankful heart, head on over to our
Funny Thanksgiving Poems
, they'll make you jiggle with giggles even more than the cranberry jelly wiggles!
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