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Thanksgiving Sonnet 2019—Identified by Gratitude

This year’s sonnet prayer for Thanksgiving arose from my thinking about Colossians 3:15–17. As an added bonus there’s a threefold benediction that you can use at the end of your celebration of God’s grace.

Colossians 3:15–17 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

By reconciling rebels when he died,
Your Son, O God, removed the obstacle
To peaceful fellowship so we’d reside
As one, with hearts ruled by his miracle.
We lift our hearts to you in grateful song
To celebrate the Life he guaranteed:
His promises that make us wise and strong,
A plethora of timely grace, indeed.
Identified as his, we strive in deed
And word to live with gratitude and grace,
To honor you, and never to mislead
Or bring upon his name the least disgrace.
Because of Christ our gratitude abounds
In joy! Through Christ our thanks to you resounds!

May Christ’s peace rule in our hearts with gratitude;
May Christ’s promises resound richly among us through grateful songs;
May Christ’s priority render us gratefully obedient.


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