Thanksgiving Day Poetry, Prayer and Greeting

I was looking for an illustration for today’s post and was surprised to find the following Thanksgiving Day poem by Edgar A. Guest, who is one of my favorite poets.

Give me the end of the year an’ its fun, When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest, Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song, See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs, An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.

Below is the grace or blessing we used to say before meals at Mac-Do Lodge, the memorable overnight summer camp I went to when I was young girl. It’s pure message is brief and beautiful for Thanksgiving and every day.

Thank you for the food we eat. Thank you for the world so sweet. Thank you for the birds that sing. Thank you God for everything.

In the United Sates we celebrate our secular Thanksgiving Day, which is time of “giving thanks for our blessings” each year, on the 4th Thursday of November. To those of you who will be celebrating with family and/or friends, not at home for the holiday, serving our country overseas or not living in America,  I would like to offer you my “Best Wishes” for a celebration filled with an abundance “Love, Joy, Gratitude, Friendship and Peacefulness”, no matter where you are!


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  1. Laurie Buchanan on November 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Sheila – May blessings of health and joy rain down on you and yours.

    • sheila on December 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      Laurie. I am so sorry that I did not reply sooner to your 11/23, 11/30, 12/1 and 12/2 comments. For some strange reason the spam monster captured them and hid them from my view, until I demanded that he release them to me for safe keeping this afternoon. So glad to know you are fine and unharmed, so I could return your Thanksgiving good wishes and blessings and wish you and yours a downpour of joy and blessings!

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