By Siahyonkron Nyanseor
Dear Lord, we come before you
on this day you made possible,
for us to offer you our prayer of thanksgiving.
And for giving us this opportunity, to serve you.
Lord, dear you God
in whom we believe, and place my trust
for which, we have no reason to worry
about the trappings of the world.
Especially so, about what we will eat
or clothe our bodies with and put over our heads.
Because we know for a fact that if you can provide
for the ravens, who can neither sow or reap
nor have storehouse or barn,
but yet, you meet their needs each and every day
you can do the same for us.
Therefore, we have no need to worry
about my own needs.
Dear Almighty God, we pray this prayer
of thanksgiving to you
for being so good to us and our place of birth;
and in spite of our many shortcomings
you continued to love us just the way we are.
You knew before we were born,
the trouble we had in store for you.
Yet, you went on anyway
to put us together carefully
into my mothers’ wombs,
so unique and different
from others you created.
You cared for us since;
in spite of our shortcomings.
You did not stop there;
yet you promised to protect and guide us
throughout difficult times.
Even when we did all the wrong things
that were not pleasing to you,
you stuck to your words
by carrying us along the by-ways
and the highways of this world,
in good times as well as in bad times.
We have come to realize that it was you all along
who pointed us in the path of righteousness;
to walk past the Valley of Death and to fear no evil.
For Thy has been with us in spirit
And it was your voice all along that said to us:
“With power from me I will make my people strong.
In fact, they will go whenever they wish
wherever they wish, and wherever they go
they will be under my personal care.”
Father, we are glad to be a living testament
of your unconditional love and power.
So, we thank you for granting us peace, understanding
and most of all, for us to remain humble in our undertakings
Because we remember you saying,
“All who humble themselves before the Lord
shall be given every blessings
and shall have wonderful peace.”
With peace and love, we’ll be able to do Thy will
To stay away from complaining, argument and jealousy.
For wherever there is jealousy or selfish ambition,
there will be disorder and every kind of evil.
So give us patience to learn to get along happily
At least, to be content in most situations.
For we came naked from our mothers’ wombs,
and with nothing we shall return when we leave this earth.
So Lord, we promised each and every day
to live by your Golden Rules;
to consider others as better than us
Instead of paying back evil for evil like before;
we will do as your Son taught us to do
love our enemies as we love ourselves.
For love forgets mistakes;
it is kind and it keeps no record of wrongdoings.
Therefore, when the going gets rough
it is from you we seek help and advice;
and as usual, you instruct us to wait patiently; not to fret
and worry because it will only leads us in harm’s way
But draw from Job’s experience
and see how our plan will turn out.
It usually turns out the way you say it would
So thank you once more for your tender loving care.
From here on, we promise never to criticize anyone,
no matter how much wrong they may have caused us
We will remain faithful to what you have taught us
By continuing to love those who despise us.
For you have made us to understand
not to judge those who despise us
instead, to obey your commandments.
Because it is only you who is fit to be the judge
So thank you Father for overlooking our faults
and for making everything impossible, possible for us.
“For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”
Now we know and appreciate all that you’ve taught us.
Therefore, we come before you this day with joy in our hearts
to offer you this our prayer of thanksgiving
for the goodness and mercy you have shown us.
Words alone are inadequate to list all that you’ve done for us
Including the countless times you have rescued us.
So Lord, we ask that you remain our refuge!
Please don’t let us fall flat on our face again!
Save us from ourselves and enemies;
For you are the only one who is able to answer our prayers.
Rescue us from the temptations of this world
So have mercy on us our Lord and Savior;
you have brought us this far,
and have been too good to us!
For this and the many miracles
you have performed on our behalf;
we ask that you accept our prayer of thanksgiving
for all that you’ve done and continued to do for us.
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