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Sunrise in the fog, near Horicon, Wisconsin.

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This day, the day after Thanksgiving, I can’t help but repost a blog entry by Alicia of Alicia’s Roses who writes a phenomenal blog here on WordPress.

Although what she posted was not new to me, I was very grateful that she decided to post this Hebrew prayer of thanksgiving and gratefulness as her Thanksgiving blog.  It is an absolutely beautiful prayer acknowledging the one and only living God, and His Lordship over everything, along with His wonderful care and mercies for each of us.

Alicia writes a great blog and I would encourage you to visit her at http://aliciasroses.wordpress.com/ If you would like to see the prayer on her site, this is the link, Happy Thanksgiving.

Enjoy!

“We acknowledge to you, O Lord, that you are our God as you were the God of our fathers, forever and ever. Rock of our life, Shield of our salvation, you are unchanging from age to age. We thank you and declare our praise, for our lives that are in your hands and for our souls entrusted to you. Your miracles are with us every day, and your benefits are with us at all times, evening and morning and midday. You are good, for your mercies are endless; you are merciful, for your kindnesses are never complete; from everlasting we have hoped in you. And for all these things may your name be blessed and exalted, always and forevermore. Let every living thing give thanks to you and praise your name in truth, O God, our salvation and our help. Blessed are you, O Lord, your name is good and to you it is right to give thanks.”

A blessing from the Amidah..the central prayer of the Jewish liturgy, prayed three times a day since the first century A.D.

“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

Psalm 8:9

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Coat of arms of Weinhaus, Vienna. Shows Israel...

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It’s Thanksgiving here in the States, a day set aside to be thankful for everything that we have been given.

It has morphed somewhat from that first Thanksgiving all those years ago when the settlers were thanking God for His provision, both in the gift of the native people’s who helped them survive, teaching them how to plant and harvest, as well as being thankful for the bounty of that harvest.

As God warns His people the Israelite’s to be careful when they become prosperous and successful because those are ripe conditions for them to forget Him. He so warns all those who claim belief in Him no matter what country they live in, or where they are in their walk with Him.

Those who live in prosperous successful countries have a tendency to turn away from God, claim their success is self-made and forget to not only be thankful to the God who made it all possible, but to start to claim that He doesn’t exist at all.

The reality is that God does exist, He is living and active and all the blessings you have come from Him. And, even if they don’t seem like much or they’re not what we really want, He knows what we need in any season of our lives and we all need to be thankful to the One who makes them possible for us.

No matter what, we are to remember and be thankful to the God who created the Universe. He has such a heart for each of us, such a great all-consuming love, that He provides the way for us to have a relationship with Him through His sacrifice made for us.

What kind of god does such a thing? The one and only living God does such a thing, and make no mistake about it, there is no other but Him.

And for that, I for one, am extremely thankful.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

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