As we gather around our table for this day of feast,
may our hearts be filled with gratitude for those who are with us,
and those who have passed before us.
May we come to the realization that every day and person given is a gift from Your Hand.
May we tenderly unwrap each moment with a thankful heart.
Give us the spirit of gratitude, for that too is a gift from You.
May the words on our lips be pleasing to You, Lord, when we are among family, relatives, and friends. May the memories of our past bring laughter and embrace us.
May anger and resentment stand outside the window of our hearts, and may
forgiveness and healing soothe our souls, like the smell baked bread. Write the name, Manasseh on past hurts, causing us to forget the pain of our past. Name this land of suffering, Ephraim (Genesis 41:51) and make us fruitful, bearing the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal.5:22). Give us the kind of wisdom that comes from heaven, making us peacemakers (James 3:17).
May foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law not rise among us. May we think of others more important than ourselves, being self-controlled, slow to speak, quick to listen and slow to get angry. May our children have fond memories of time spent with family, and relatives. May this be a time of thanksgiving and supplication unto You, Lord Jesus, amen