Sun and moon bless the Lord.
Some years ago, our four-year-old first grandchild, Hunter, announced that he wanted to say grace at the family Thanksgiving dinner table. Our daughter Lizzie’s (his mother) and my eyes met. (That had always been my role on Thanksgiving since she was a child.) Her eyes read, “Oh my dad, is this OK?” (At four, Hunter already was, well, let’s just say, a bit of a character.) My eyes smiled, “This is wonderful!”
And so, we all folded our hands and cast our eyes down and waited. Then Hunter took a deep breath, and in a clear, confident voice, prayed, Thank you, God, for the birds that sing. Thank you, God, for everything.
All the adults around the table teared up—a memorable moment.
Today, as is the case for four days this week including tomorrow, Thanksgiving, the Responsorial Psalm is taken from the Canticle of Daniel. It is prayed at the Liturgy of the Hours for Morning Prayer on Sunday for weeks 1 and 3, as well as Advent, Lent, and other weekday commemorations that call for the canticle for these two Sundays. How appropriate that verses from this very familiar Canticle are the Psalm this week.
So, what is your thanksgiving prayer today? Mine might go something like this:
Sun and (waning) Moon, bless the Lord. Stars (that twinkle), bless the Lord. Every shower (and rain puddle), bless the Lord. All you winds (that blow kites) bless the Lord. (Camp)Fire(s) and heat, bless the Lord. All your gifts of nature, bless the Lord. Cold and chill (Snow days and sled riding hills) bless the Lord. All you seasons of the year, bless the Lord. Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord. Hunter, Ben, Jack, and Finn, bless the Lord!
Let Us Pray:
For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything thy goodness sends. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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