Thanksgiving Blessings

3 Original Table Blessings to Say on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Blessings
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These Thanksgiving blessings are Christian prayers for sharing at your table. Consider saying these simple and straightforward blessings with your family on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Table Blessing

Thank You, God
For the food we are about to eat,
For those who are here
To share these blessings,
For the generosity of our hosts
That make this possible.
Bless those who are here
And those who are in our hearts,
And all those who are not
As fortunate
on this day.

Amen.

--Submitted by Patricia Gore

We Give Thanks to You - Thanksgiving Blessings

As we bow our heads to pray, we give thanks to you God, for this Thanksgiving Day.

We thank you Father, for our families, friends, and for all the blessings, both big and small, that you pour out on us each day.

We give thanks to you for this food and for the hands that have prepared it. We ask your blessings upon this meal: that it will nourish our bodies and refresh our souls.

We give thanks to you for this wonderful time together, and for each one present here today.

We ask you, dear Lord, let each one of us feel your love, comfort, and presence in our lives today and every day.

Let us not forget those who can't be here with us today. We give thanks to you for them, too. We miss our loved ones, Lord, but we are thankful for all the good times that we had with them.

We know, Lord, that this life is not all there is; that the best is yet to come if we live for you.

So, help us each day to live our lives in ways that honor and please you. And we'll not forget to give you all the praise and glory.

In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

--Submitted by Ethel Faye Grzanich

I Thank Thee - Thanksgiving Blessings

"I Thank Thee" is a beautiful Thanksgiving prayer. This Christian poem was originally written by Jane Crewdson (1860) as a prayer of thankfulness to God for all things in life, both the good and the bad, the bitter and the sweet.

The poem has also been put to song in a hymn. Alternate titles for this work are "O Thou, Whose Bounty," and "At All Times."

I Thank Thee
O Thou whose bounty fills my cup,
With every blessing meet!
I give Thee thanks for every drop—
The bitter and the sweet.

I praise Thee for the desert road,
And for the riverside;
For all Thy goodness hath bestowed,
And all Thy grace denied.

I thank Thee for both smile and frown,
And for the gain and loss;
I praise Thee for the future crown
And for the present cross.

I thank Thee for both wings of love
Which stirred my worldly nest;
And for the stormy clouds which drove
Me, trembling, to Thy breast.

I bless Thee for the glad increase,
And for the waning joy;
And for this strange, this settled peace
Which nothing can destroy.

--Jane Crewdson (1860)