Prayer of Becoming
May clarity grow within Me
Open my eyes to life's many Wonders
May I feel the pulse of all creation within Me
Open my spirit to Awareness
Fill my heart with Understanding
May my life be of service to Earth and the Goddess
Open my ears to the needs of those around Me
Make my hands strong & gentle in Your Service
May I remember always, the Goddess works through Me http://www.spiralgoddess.com/Homage.html
How about these(;
Tis the season -
Holidays are upon us
As we gather together
Now with our loved ones
Keeping family traditions
Savoring, turkey, dressing, ham...
Give thanks to the One
In whose name we gather
Vine from which all blessings grow
It is good to be thankful
God is great, God is good...
Thanking God for every blessing
Holding hands in grateful prayer
Always trusting God's protecting
Never doubting in His care
Keeping guests no longer waiting
Serving bowls heaped high with fare
Giving in to food that's tempting
Inching out one's belt to there
Voicing pleasure in the tasting
Is inviting one more share
Never minding painful fullness
Getting slowly up from chair
Is there a Soldiers Prayer I can say before thanksgiving for her?
THANKSGIVING PRAYER FOR OUR SOLDIERS
Today we gather around the dinner table with family and friends to share good food, warm laughter, and the happy memories of Thanksgivings past. But for many families, whose loved ones serve in the Armed Forces, this year's Thanksgiving celebration will not be complete.
A familiar voice will not be heard and a chair at the table will remain empty because, they have someone far from home serving our country.
Today also, members of the Army, Marines, Navy, Airforce and Coastguard (men and women, Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard alike) will gather in mess halls or in tents across the globe as friends and comrades to enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving meal.
So, as those of us who are blessed to be with our families celebrate and give thanks, let us remember in our prayers the homes that have an empty chair at the table and also offer a special prayer of thanksgiving and ask God’s Blessings for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, whose service and sacrifice will, we further pray, make the world a better and safer place. And a very special prayer dear God, for those homes that have an empty chair that will forever remain vacant and for those servicemen and women who have come back to us, may their sacrifice not have been in vain.
Oh God, when I have food, help me remember the hungry. When I have a home, help me remember the homeless. When I am with friends and family who love me, help me remember those who are friendless and shunned. And remembering, help me destroy my complacency, move my heart and reach out by word and deed to those who cry out for what we take for granted.
Lord we pray to you on this day with hearts full of thanksgiving. We are so thankful that you have blessed us so greatly that we not only have an abundance to eat but love that can not be replaced. We praise you and thank you for all that you have done for us and are doing. In Jesus Name Amen.
Thanksgiving Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for everything you do for us. We really appreciate your giving of food and all the other things you supply us with. Thank you for our our family, friends, and everything we have. Thank you for this day. Amen.
Supplication Prayer: Dear God, We have everything we need and we thank you so much for that. Please help the sick, supply the poor with their needs, give the unhappy happiness, and the homeless a shelter. Amen.
Forgiveness Prayer: Dear God, please forgive us all our sins. We are sorry for all the things we have done wrong and we will try to do better. Please help us all be better people and help all the people we have done wrong to. Please forgive our sins. Amen.
Hope I gave you some ideas! Good Luck!
Just tell them the truth. There is nothing wrong with not making your kids pray. If your in laws are good people, they will respect it. Maybe you can give them a heads up before you go over there for thanksgiving. That way it isn't so awkward?
ETA- It really shouldn't matter who invited who where. Would they invite an atheist and expect them to recite a prayer? It would be disrespectful if you and your children expected them to NOT pray at all. It is not disrespectful to not recite the prayer.
It should be good enough for you all to just put your heads down...or how ever a prayer is done, and say "amen" when it is over. That's it.
Here is my prayer for Thanksgiving:
Dear Lord let us always remember that Thanksgiving started when Pilgrims and Indians decided to love and share a meal with each other. Friendship and understanding made this nation strong. Belief in Your way allowed us to overcome our own persecutions. When we fell short you raised us up and showed us the better way. Today we all reap those rewards. We are a great nation that is humble to you. Our family is blessed because our great grandfathers were lovers of You. They were strong in their belief and eager to share it. We have plenty because You made sure that they were wise and kind. We grow in Your light. Everywhere on this table is an example of Your richness and love. Without You we will all die. With You we all forever live. Lord Jesus we are truly blessed. Amen.
† Equitable Prayer Warrior †
At Thanksgiving, the goal is to express thanks for what you have been given. You don't need to be fancy -- just sincere.
You can use the following and modify it to fit what you're thinking.
"Dear Lord, we want to thank you for the many good things you've given us and done for us. We know that all good things are from you. Today we've gathered to count our many blessings, among them my girlfriend, Sue, and her family, and my family. Please bless all these special people. I pray that our thankfulness isn't confined to just today, but Lord, make us truly thankful all year long. Amen."
You could go with a nice toast...
The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. ~H.U. Westermayer
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart
Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. ~E.P. Powell
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. ~Edward Sandford Martin
Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off'rings, and a thankful strain.