Thank you Father for your faithfulness in all seasons this year.
Thank you for another year with our parents, our spouse, our children. We recognize what an incredible gift this is and how many families experienced loss this year.
Thank you for a roof over our head. A place to live and stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. A place to make our own with kindergarten art work and family photographs. A place with a crazy table in front which has introduced us to sweet families up and down our street. Thank you for placing us exactly where you have us today.
Thank you for the ability to feed and clothe each of our beautiful children. We know many will go barefoot and hungry tonight. We are grateful for a bounty of physical provision.
Thank you for work to do. That work which pays the bills, that work which keeps our hands busy, and that work which glorifies your Kingdom. Thank you too for times like today where you remove the work and provide rest. Where you provide land to explore, family to celebrate with, and a big full moon to light the sky at night.
Thank you for a marriage that is stronger today than it ever has been. Thank you for the trials you allowed which brought us together in solidarity and support. That you for children who know more today than they did yesterday. Who are learning to read and to compute mathematical and scientific theory and to be good friends and to begin to know more of who you are.
Thank you for friendships, new and old. You have been so lavish in providing people to each of the five of our family members to grow us and strengthen us and make us laugh and provide compassion.
Help us to be kind.
Help us to forgive.
Help us to be generous.
Help us to love lavishly as we are loved by you.
Help us to point others to you instead of taking the attention for ourselves.
Help us to help others.
Help us to be aware of all you have blessed us with and be thankful in all seasons and circumstances.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thess. 5:18
Lord, hear our prayer.