O God, some see the sun. They recognize the beauty of the day. They set aside worries, concerns, busyness, Whatever they may carry with them And see the sun and the sunnier side of life. God, thank you for placing those people in my life. Thank you for gentle reminders to set aside concerns And bask in the light, to see the gifts of each day, And move through life with lightness and gratitude.
A Prayer of Gratitude O God, I breathe and find a quiet center, And reflect on the little things that made this day special. I give thanks for the morning sunlight, for warmer air, and for a generally refreshing start to the day. I give thanks for the people I met, for the conversations we shared, and for other connections made. I give thanks for music, moments of laughter, for sacred pauses, for bits of inspiration. I give thanks for life in my body, stirrings of the heart, Activity of the mind, and for the spirit within. Thank you, God, for the gift of life, For the gift of today, and hope for tomorrow. Amen.
When days are full and our lives are busy, God, let us give thanks for the many blessings they hold, For holy interruptions, unexpected connections, Opportunities for ministry, for your Spirit that sustains. Let us see through our tired eyes, Let us feel through our tired bodies, Let us know through our overworked brains, That you are with us, working, blessing. Let us sense our higher purpose, And journey forward once again.
Evening Prayer Let us listen to the evening And find you in the dark. May we see what you’re unfolding Under the clouds and stars of night. Show us glimpses of your presence, Ones we haven’t seen before. Let us listen to the evening, God, And let our gratitude soar.
O God, I begin this week with the intention To be still and know that you are God. When I sense your Spirit near… Be still… When things don’t go my way… Be still… When my body holds stress… Be still… When gratitude enlivens my spirit… Be still… As I share time with others, As I worship, As I pray, As I join in conversation, As I go about my day, I will try, Oh, I will try to remember, To breathe, be still, and know, That you, O God, are God, Infinitely knowable God. I begin this week with the intention To be still and know that you are God. Psalm 46:10
God, thank you for the capacity to dream, to imagine what could be, to look beyond ourselves and this time—the now. God, teach us to live in gratitude for this gift, so we may not only dream but also realize and come to know more loving ways, the flourishing of creation, your justice and peace— a world more reflective of your beautiful reign.
When I awaken, May I face the dawn, Receive your grace, Revive my soul, And set out in faith and prayer. And, when I set out, May I let you lead me To where I need to be, To work you call me to do, To people, connections, and community. And, when the day is done, May I really retreat— Resting in your presence, Releasing my cares, Resigning myself to a deep and peaceful sleep. And, when I drift off to sleep, And my body heals, My mind processes, And my spirit dreams, May I surrender to that blessed moment. And when I awaken, Again and again, Moment by moment, Day by day, May I live a song of gratitude. O Generative Spirit, Giver of Life, Source of Connection, Divine Love, I offer my heartfelt thanks. Amen.
God, thank you for the little joys, Which sometimes go unrecognized. And forgive my tendency to forget That you’re with us, working all the time. God, thank you for your divine love, That fills this world in wondrous ways, And catches my attention more and more.