A Prayer on Thanksgiving, for the Both of Us

by Laura on November 23, 2011

This Thanksgiving, regardless of where you break bread or cut turkey, may gratitude be the underlying current of your day.

May you be thankful for the work that busies your hands. And whether it’s washing dishes or changing diapers, shuffling papers or selling cars, fixing or teaching or raising, may you find joy in your labor. And even if it’s not the promotion you wanted, the career of your dreams, or a paycheck that covers the kid’s college, may you be thankful you have the ability to do something.

And this Thanksgiving, may you be grateful for the physical abundance your hands hold. May you look around your home and be overwhelmed by the pictures on the wall and the dishes in the cabinet, the washer down the hall and the two cars in the driveway. The toys and movies and shoes and appliances. And may these full closets and full stomachs not leave you with a desire for more, but a desire to give-

thanks to heaven and offerings on earth.

 And may complaint about a cracked dish, an old television or a small dining table not escape your lips, even as a whisper.

May you see the goodness of the road you’ve walked and be filled with hope for the path ahead.

And whether your feet touch pavement in California or gravel in Tennessee, slum-dirt in SE Asia or dust in Africa, may they be feet that bring good news and extravagant-love and grace-anyway,

every step taken, to every home entered.

And even if waters rise, may gratitude be the defining quality of this day, this life of yours and mine.

Because, friends, whether we recognize it or not, we are so. very.


 When you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, {be careful not to let} your heart grow proud and forget the Lord your God.” – deuteronomy 8:12, 13


What are you most thankful for this year? What traditions of practicing gratitude do you have on Thanksgiving?

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  • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com Laura

    And, Disclaimer–

    I am not saying in this post that we Westerners are rich and “they” are poor. In some ways, I believe the opposite to be true– spiritually-speaking. But, I do think there is immense value in seeing the less fortunate and remembering the abundance of the Western world into which so many of us were born.

    Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll!

  • http://rachels-ramblings-2.blogspot.com/ Rachel

    What beautiful words, Laura. Thank you for sharing!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com Laura

      Back at you, Rachel! Have a great weekend!

  • http://drgtjustwondering.blogspot.com Diana Trautwein

    Perfect – thanks so much. Hope you have a lovely, thankful day where you are, Laura.

  • Kim S

    All is grace. Hoping your Thanksgiving is rich and full. You are loved!

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com Laura

      Thanks, Mrs. Kim!

      Enjoy that grandbaby of yours!

  • Kristin Tabor

    Thinking of you today…I hope you enjoyed each other. Thank you for the beautiful reminders. The images that continued coming back to me after we arrived home in the US are starting to fade and these help to refresh them. I don’t want to forget.

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com Laura

      Oh, Thanks, Kristin,

      Hope being back has been okay. Been thinking of you guys and wondering how it was going processing HERE, THERE.
      So enjoyed my time with you while you were over here.
      Love, L

  • Jason

    As I listen to my favorite music, have a beverage from the refrigerator, note the two vehicles in the driveway, think of the excess clothing we need to take to the consignment store, clean my cup for a fresh coffee at the shop in the morning (I know you’re familiar with Espresso News in Boone), etc etc etc etc etc, I am humbled at the thought that life works without 99% of these things. I am easily frustrated at our bills and what they represent. It is obvious that the Lord wants more for us, for our lives, for our resources. Thank you and Matt for answering the Call and we are keeping up with you and think of you often…can’t wait till we can finally meet your kiddos and catch up some with you guys. Please let us know when you are next in the area. We will do the same; how cool would it be for us to come visit you guys and let Silas learn about the Thai culture?

    Talk soon I hope

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com Laura

      J, What an honoring comment, man. Thank you. I would so love meeting little Silas some day– soon maybe? I’m not sure when we are going to be in NC again, but if you want, I will throw you guys on our email list so you can keep up with us that way, too. Anyway, we are gonna email you back, too, but just wanted to say thanks for the encouragement in this space, too.

      Give Edith and Silas a hug from us,

  • http://www.redemptionsbeauty.com Shelly Miller

    Really love your post. The best one I have read in the menagarie of blogs over the holiday weekend. Thanks for perspective, for the encouragement, for helping us see differently.

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com Laura

      Oh, Thanks so much Shelly. Hope you had a great weekend of gratitude . . . .

      Thanks for stopping by,

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