Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Prayer

For the beauty of the earth,
For the splendor of the skies,
For the love which from out birth
Over and around us lies...

For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind's delight,
For the mystic harmony
Linking sense to sound and sight...

For the wonder of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light...

For the joy of human care,
Sister, brother, parent, child,
For the kinship we all share,
For all gentle thoughts and mild:

Source of all, to thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.

-"For The Beauty of The Earth: by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint
Found in Singing The Living Tradition, #21

I've long been responsible for the prayers at family holidays, but this year, they didn't ask. Instead, I was asked to find some food to bring, only that all foods had been planned, vouched, and accounted for. So I started thinking, and looking through this wonderful new book that I decided to buy for myself, the hymnal used for my church, Singing The Living Tradition, as opposed to the one published by my family's church. It's a nice change, having all these new hymns and antiphonal readings to read and be inspired by.

In holidays past, I've found myself struggling to find a prayer, partially out of lack of inspiration at the Christian Science hymnal, because of my familiarity with it, I hadn't wanted to use some prayer that everyone already knew; I wanted to bring something new to the table. So I went in search of poetry, sometimes Emerson, sometimes others. Now, however, I have a book that I want to become familiar with and am not, and most of my family is not, and it is now the easy choice for appropriate passages and prayers.