Thanksgiving Prayer for Any Circumstance

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Thanksgiving is upon us. Where did November go?

For that matter, where did this year go? It’s spun by at a breakneck speed in our house.

As you know, there’s a lot of turmoil in our family now, yet we’re looking forward to a lively and family-oriented holiday. Not everyone will be there. It’s part of the life we, and our grandchildren, face each and every day. Maybe that’s why the post I read on the Answers in Love blog spoke to me. The writer is a wonderful sister in Christ, and the moment I read her post, I knew it was what I wanted to share with you.

So, as you prepare to gather with family and friends, whether it’s a time of joy or stress, maybe this little prayer will set the tone.

The Amazingly Simple Prayer that Will Leave You Thankful and Peaceful This Season

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Honoring Our Fallen

Memorial Day

Arlington National Cemetery, Courtesy of morguefile.com

A day we’re called to remember.

This is not a day to wish everyone a happy day, it is a day to pause, reflect, and remember.

Who Is In The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?

Approved by Congress in 1921, this monument holds the remains of four unknown soldiers representing:

  • World War I
  • World War II
  • The Korean War
  • The Vietnam War

With today’s technology, it’s become easier to identify soldiers’ remains.

Courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Which US war suffered the most casualties?

In order of casualties they are:

  • The Civil War:  500,000+
  • World War II: 400,000+
  • World War I: 100,000+
  • The Vietnam War: 58,200

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No matter the war, no matter the numbers

we honor the men and women

who gave their lives

for our freedom.

Prayer of Humility and Selflessness

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In 2011, I attended the very first Christian Communicator’s Conference (CCC).  This conference assists Christian women in developing and expanding their speaking ministries.  The conference propelled my life of faith into new levels of discovery as I sat at the feet of founders, Vonda Skelton and Carolyn Knefely. As an added bonus, I met several like-minded women with the same goal:  enhance our speaking careers to serve God.

In 2013 and 2014, I attended Advanced Conferences offered by Christian Communicators.  Over the years, I’ve forged friendships and come to admire so many of these women.  Their personal stories of faith amaze and inspire me. Even though I haven’t met all of them, many of them have touched my life in ways I never anticipated.

The most recent conference ended just a few weeks ago. This year, Vonda and Carolyn passed the baton to three new women to run the organization.  I’m excited to see what’s in store for this community of women.

The Prayer

As I’ve heard reports from the latest group of alumni, I’ve been reminded of the prayer Vonda and Carolyn use to send the participants back into the world. This prayer moves me each time I hear it. Written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), it perfectly expresses a servant of Christ’s humility and selflessness.

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

The Appeal

Speakers and writers start serving others because they feel compelled to share and to help. It takes a certain level of ego to believe you have something to say, so they must fight the urge to be prideful about their service. It’s easy to forget why they started serving and to focus more on self rather than the ones served.

This prayer refocuses me.

I’ve highlighted in bold the parts that are hardest for me. (You have no idea how hard it is to admit this!)

Which parts of the prayer are hardest for you?

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