Thanksgiving Praise from Psalm 103, New Living Translation

October table setting of praise and thanksLet all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.  Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.  He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

The LORD gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly.  He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever.  He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.  For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.  He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.

The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.  For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.  Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die.  The wind blows, and we are gone– as though we had never been here.  But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!

The LORD has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything.  Praise the LORD, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.  Yes, praise the LORD, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will!  Praise the LORD, everything he has created, everything in all his kingdom.

Let all that I am praise the LORD.

Thanksgiving Praise from Psalm 103, New Living Translation

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Thanks for the Memories

RosesBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Beloved father:

Thank you for placing godly friends in my life,

who share my pain and feel my sorrows

more than I even recall.

Thank you for giving me  a loving family,

who have always been with me

even when I was sick and irratible and no fun at all to be with.

Thank you for countless blessings,

which I mostly took for granted

like the legs that I walk on, the ears that I hear with, and the eyes that let me see.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

help me to be more thankful,

to share other’s pains,

to be more loving, and

to share the many blessings.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Thanks for the Memories [1]

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[1] “Thanks for the memories” is an expression frequently associated with comedian Bob Hope whose theme song had that name.

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35. Prayers of a Life in Tension by Stephen W. Hiemstra

Prayers_of_a_Life_in_Tension_webAlmighty Father,
We give thanks for the many blessings that you have given us. Among these gifts are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. May we likewise bless others with these gifts. Sanctify us in your righteousness that we might be fit stewards of your grace. And if our sanctification includes persecution, grant us to bear it with strength and dignity and grace always pointing to source of our strength and dignity and grace which is you. And as long as life shall remain in us never separate us from your love which is Christ Jesus that we may share it with others until we meet you in glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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