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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

"A Thanksgiving Prayer" - Pastor Cindy's Devotion - November 22, 2017

Hello Friends!

Give thanks for each new morning with its light,
for rest and shelter of the night,
for health and food,
for love and friends,
for everything thy goodness sends.
-Ralph Emerson

Enjoy this week's Midweek devotion for there are so many things to be thankful for.
Good morning—
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and today I want to share a Thanksgiving prayer.

Generous God,
Thank you for the celebration of Thanksgiving,
We pray that Thanksgiving is not just a day, but a way of life.
Thank you for the food before us,
We pray that we care for the earth and the water and those who work the soil, respecting their role in
bringing this food to our table.
Thank you for the people at our table,
We pray that we live as family, sharing struggles, celebrating accomplishments, offering encouragement,
and forgiveness.
Thank you for people who are not at our table,
Police officers and hospital personnel who are at work this day caring for our community.
Thank you for opening our hearts to the challenges of this world,
The need to feed the hungry, reduce violence, bring justice. As we meet these challenges, may we grow
in love and compassion and gratitude.
Let your loving spirit join us at this table. Nourish our body, mind, and soul.
As your people, may we wake each morning giving thanks.
May giving thanks be the atmosphere of our days, the air we breathe, the tone of our conversation each
May we sleep in peace each night as we give thanks even in our dreams.
To you who gave us all that is life and life beyond life, we say thank you.

In this world where there are so much fear and strife, may tomorrow be a day of thanksgiving and peace.
In the name of the Living God, Amen.
Happy Thanksgiving,

Pastor Cindy

Pastor Cindy Hickman
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
720 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines Iowa 50265

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We worship at 8:30 and 11 on Sundays and we would love to worship with you.

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