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Thanksgiving Sonnet—A Day Is Not Enough

Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 O Lord, we set aside this day to say That we rejoice in all that you have done; With love and joy we’ve only just begun To celebrate your gracious resumé. Indeed, a day … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … about Conditions for Peace

Everyone wants to experience what Philippians 4:7 calls “the peace of God which passes understanding.” God’s peace “passes understanding” in that it keeps our hearts peaceful and calm even though we understand perfectly well that there is no human or natural way that we can be extricated from some difficulty that threatens our future. Philippians … Continue reading

Superlative Thanksgiving

It is good to give you thanks, O Yahweh; to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your extravagant kindness in the morning and your faithfulness by night. … For you, Yahweh, have made me happy by your work. I will sing for joy because of what you have done. Psalm 92:1–4 … Continue reading

Grateful Imitation

Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that his time had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end. … Jesus knew that the Father had handed all things over to him, and that he had come … Continue reading

Wonderful Thanks

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 … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Sonnet 2016

You are Yahweh, Most High over all the earth. You are exalted far above all gods. Hate evil, you who love Yahweh; for he preserves the souls of his kind ones by snatching them from the hand of the wicked. Light is shining for the righteous and gladness for the upright in heart. Be glad … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Prayer 2015 — Gratitude for Goodness

In preparation for this year’s Thanksgiving prayer sonnet, I thought some more about the last verse of last year’s text: 1 Chronicles 16:34 — “O give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good; for his extravagant kindness is everlasting.” Here are some of those thoughts and the prayer which followed. The term “good” indicates that some … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Prayer 2014 — The Grateful Gaze

Oh give thanks to Yahweh; call out in his name; make known his deeds among the people … Give thanks to Yahweh for he is good; for his extravagant kindness is forever. 1 Chronicles 16:8, 34 Today we gaze into the past at all The kindnesses extended by your grace; The history of charity recall … Continue reading

2013 Thanksgiving Sonnet

Everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. 1 Timothy 4:4 I will praise the name of God with song and magnify him with thanksgiving, and it will please Yahweh. Psalm 69:30-31 The grace of God magnificently shows Us how completely satisfied his heart Must … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Sonnet 2012

To help us express the joy of our gratitude for the joy of God’s grace, this year’s sonnetic prayer restates the praises of Psalm 136 To you, O God, we lift a grateful voice; For floods of goodness pour forth from your throne, Immersing us in reasons to rejoice, In words and deeds that point … Continue reading