george_hancockstefanA couple of days ago, I picked up a Prayer of Thanksgiving from the place where I go for my daily exercises. I read it and I found it very interesting. Yet something was missing.  Here is the poem.

Prayer of Thanksgiving
For the sunrise each morning
and the promise of each new day,
For the birds that sing and the
wonders of nature that are ours to protect,
For the warm hand of friendship,
the blessings of family,
and the pleasures of friends we’ve not yet met,
we give thanks.

For the evening’s sunset
and the peace of day’s end
that brings rest, reflection
and renewal.

For things we once took for granted…
our freedom,
our safety,
our security,
For the values that sustain us;
honesty, virtue, faith
and love,
we give thanks.

Wishing you
peace
hope
and the blessings
of each new day.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

As I read it again I saw that what is missing is the direct object of the sentence and of the poem. Unto whom do we give thanks? Who is receiving the thanks for the sunrise of each morning and the evening sunsets? Why do we leave God out of this poem?

Apostle John tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I pray that tomorrow when you and your family get together, God will not be missing from your table. Give thanks for your life, your family, your friends and all your blessings that you have received this year.


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Rev. Dr. George Hancock-Stefan

George Hancock-Stefan

Pastor George Hancock-Stefan completed 30 years as the pastor of the great congregation at Central Baptist Church in Atlantic Highlands in 2020. Those 30 years have been a blessed time for him, his wife...