A BIRTHDAY PRAYER
O God, I thank You for giving me another year of life.
I thank You for all the people who have remembered me today, and who have sent me cards and letters, good wishes and presents.
I thank You for everything which I have been abled by You to do and to be in the past year.
I thank You for all the experiences of the past year;
For times of success which will always be happy memories;
For times of failure which reminded me of my own weakness and of my need of You;
For times of joy when the sun was shining;
For times of sorrow which drove me to You.
For the hours I have wasted;
For the chances I failed to take;
For the opportunities I missed in the past year.
Forgive me for not making of life all that I might have made of it and could have made of it; and help me in the days which lie ahead to make this the best year yet, and in it to bring credit to myself, happiness to my loved ones, and joy to You.
This I ask for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
– From Prayers for Special Occasions, Fr William Barclay
REFLECTIONS ON GRATITUDE
“Then Jesus took the loaves and gave thanks to God and passed them out to the people.” (John 6:11)
“No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
“Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)
“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6,7)
“Don’t be weary in prayer, keep at it. Watch for God’s answers and remember to be thankful when they come.” (Colossians 4:2)
“Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me.'” (John: 11:41)
“Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you forever and forever, praising your greatness from generation to generation.” (Psalm 79:13)
“And to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at evensong.” (1 Chronicles 23:30)
“We are praying that you will be … always thankful to the Father who has made us fit to share all the wonderful things that belong to those who live in the kingdom of light.” (Paul writing to the church – Colossians 1: 11,12)
“Thank the Lord for all the glorious things he does; proclaim them to the nations.” (Psalm 105:1)
“The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice to give praise and thanks to the Lord.” (II Chronicles 5:13)
“Always give thanks to our God and father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)
“I will give you thanks in the great assembly: among throngs of people I will praise you.” (Psalm 26:18)
“Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done.” (Colossians 2:7)
15 July 2013