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Speaking to the Soul: A Litany of Thanksgiving

Speaking to the Soul: A Litany of Thanksgiving

by Laurie Gudim


A Litany of Thanksgiving

My dear God, holy and undivided Trinity,

For comforting me

For challenging me

For balancing my lopsided perspectives

For inspiring me

For dismantling me

For surprising me

I thank you.

For the diversity and intricate complexity of creation

the breathtaking interconnection of earthworms and redwoods

the lives of stars and distant planets,

bacteria and protozoa

For tide pools and whales, pelicans and sandpipers, porpoises, starfish and crabs,

the barren landscapes of mountaintops and the lush abundance of rain forests

For new ecosystems that are forming and old ecosystems that are dying

For raccoons and porcupines, sparrows and flickers, antelope

and coyotes and wolves

I thank you.

For your embodiment in human form and your love that is the glue of existence

For all humans with their multifarious understandings and their unique abilities and hang ups

For my partner, who, after you, is my greatest treasure

For my family, whose tangled psychological manifestations bring me joy and consternation,

and who are also great treasures

For my friends, whose love and challenge I could not live without

For my enemies, who confound me with their alien values and desires

For all those who need me

and all those whom I need

I thank you.

For all the ways in which I am allowed to serve you

For the deep silence in which I often find you

For all those times when I am able to let go and to forgive

For all those miracles of new understanding and insight with which you gift me

For the desire to hear you and the impulse to love you,

which is your Spirit working in me

For hope

For gratitude itself

For all those things I have not thought to name.

I thank you.

I thank you.

I thank you

You are my mainstay, my bedrock, my awakening and my fulfillment,

my hope in the darkest times and my joy in the brightest.

A thousand times, thank you.




Laurie Gudim is a writer and religious iconographer who lives in Fort Collins, CO.  You can view some of her work at Everyday Mysteries.


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Michelle Jackson

I was looking for something to use for the family thanksgiving-grace-let’s all share something, before our meal. This is perfect, broken down into lines or couplets, it is a nice way to be grateful, together.

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