A Prayer of Gratitude

Gracious God,

In the busyness of my day,

I sometimes forget to stop and thank you for all that is good in my life.

My blessings are many

and my heart is filled with gratefulness for the gift of living,

for the ability to love and be loved,

for the opportunity to see the everyday wonders of creation,

for sleep and water,

for a mind that thinks and a body that feels.

I thank you, too, for those things in my life that are less than I would

hope them to be.

Things that seem challenging, unfair, or difficult.

When my heart feels stretched and empty

and pools of tears form in my weary eyes,

still I rejoice that you are as near to me as my next breath

and that in the midst of turbulence, I am growing and learning.

In the silence of my soul,

I thank you most of all for your unconditional and eternal love.

Amen.