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November 9, 2015
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"Prayer of Thanksgiving"
By Vienna Cobb Anderson
God of all blessings,
source of all life,
giver of all grace:

We thank you for the gift of life:
for the breath
that sustains life,
for the food of this earth
that nurtures life,
for the love of family and friends
without which there would be no life.

We thank you for the mystery of creation:
for the beauty
that the eye can see,
for the joy
that the ear may hear,
for the unknown
that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder,
for the expanse of space
that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves.

We thank you for setting us in communities:
for families
who nurture our becoming,
for friends
who love us by choice,
for companions at work,
who share our burdens and daily tasks,
for strangers
who welcome us into their midst,
for people from other lands
who call us to grow in understanding,
for children
who lighten our moments with delight,
for the unborn,
who offer us hope for the future.

We thank you for this day:
for life
and one more day to love,
for opportunity
and one more day to work for justice and peace,
for neighbors
and one more person to love
and by whom be loved,
for your grace
and one more experience of your presence,
for your promise:
to be with us,
to be our God,
and to give salvation.

For these, and all blessings,
we give you thanks, eternal, loving God,
through Jesus Christ we pray. 

Prayer Requests

*Praise for the more than 2,000 who attended Fields of Faith events at Grinnell HS, SE Polk HS, Dallas Center-Grimes HS, Gilbert HS, Northwestern College (Orange City) and Valley (WDM) HS!  Pray all those attending were encouraged to live out their faith more confidently in all areas of their lives.

*Pray for student athletes like this 2015 Homecoming King, who when congratulated on being voted as King remarked, “Thanks.  It was cool to be honored this way, and I’m doing my best to use my influence to lead people to Christ.” What a blessing to have FCA student leaders like this young man scattered all over our area!

*Pray for those coaches and athletes who will be starting their winter sports seasons this month.  Pray for good health, great attitudes and outstanding effort as they strive to make the most out of the upcoming season.


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