Thank you, God. I’m grateful, God, for so many things. I’m grateful, God, for the gift of life. Without you I wouldn’t be here. Without you, nothing would be here. Without you, nothing would be at all.
I’m grateful for my parents, God. Even if they weren’t perfect, or completely functional, they loved me the best they could. I’ll never know all that they did for me, but I can be grateful for the things that I know. Help me to be a grateful child, and remind me to be grateful in person.
I’m grateful for my friends, God. Even if I have only one good friend in my life right now, I’m so grateful. God, you show your love for me through my friends in ways that I sometimes overlook. Help me to be a good friend in return.
I’m grateful for my family, God. Yes, I know that all families are a little nutty, and mine is no exception. But I’m thankful that, even with the nuttiness, I’m part of a family that has helped to make me the person I am. Help me to be a good family member, trying to help out when I can, make the phone call or pay a visit when they’re lonely, and keep my mouth shut when I should be listening.
Most of all, God, I’m grateful for your presence in my life. You’re everywhere, and if I remember to pay attention, I can see your invitation to meet you in every moment of the day. I know that it is you who turn my mind to thoughts of gratitude. And when I’m tempted to focus only on the problems and worries and fears, I know that I’m being led away from you.
Now, I’m not always as thankful as I should be, but today I am. Today I will try to be grateful all day, since you are generous all day to me, like you are every day. Amen.