The final two months of the year in our culture seem to bear the general designation “The Holidays.” To be specific, this time of year is defined by Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the past 34 years I’ve been writing poetic prayers as a way of focusing my heart in celebration of these different expressions of his grace. This year I invite you to engage your hearts with me as we approach each of these special days. If you enjoy these prayers, you can bring them and their companions home by purchasing the newly released Prayers of Praise & Celebration (print, Kindle, Epub).
God has created all things to be shared in with gratitude by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer. 1 Timothy 4:3–5
Lord, you alone made heaven’s wonders rare:
The galaxies that make the dark sky bright,
Our planet’s perfect, life sustaining air,
The sun to rule the day, as moon does night.
And you alone rule over our affairs:
With hands of strength and arms outstretched in grace
You touch our sinful lives to answer prayers
And cause the saved to ever seek your face.
Because your grace endures beyond time’s end
Our gratitude is ever unconfined;
As we enjoy the daily good you send
Thanksgiving comes from joy and praise combined.
So now we let the grace of food induce
The joyous thanks that grateful hearts produce.