The harvest festival of Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November in the United States and on the 2nd Monday of October in Canada, every year. The festival is generally an expression of gratitude and thanks to God, for a good annual harvest and is spent amidst fun, gaiety and merry-making. People come from far and wide to be with their near and dear ones and spend some quality time together. A particular attraction during the occasion is the festive meal that comprises of roasted turkeys, casseroles and desserts. Apart from this, there are a number of traditional and non-traditional side dishes that add to the flavor of the party. Also, the entire house is decorated with festive lights and colorful decors. People also experiment with different types of celebrative themes, like cranberry theme, turkey theme and so on. In addition to the merry-making and enjoyment, prayer services are held and songs are sung to honor the occasion. In this article, a very beautiful prayer by Glenda Adams has been given below. Read on and dwell on the true spirit of the season.
A Thanksgiving Prayer
By Glenda Adams
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please make us an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy. As we pray together today, let us remember that things don't happen over night.
Let us not forget the struggles we all are going thru in this movement for economic injustice.
Even if frustration may set in; Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.