we thine unworthy servants
do give thee most humble and hearty thanks
for all thy goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all men.
We bless thee for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for thine inestimable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we beseech thee,
give us that due sense of all thy mercies,
that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful;
and that we show forth thy praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to thy service,
and by walking before thee
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit,
be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.
As most of you know, this will not be the easiest of Thanksgivings for this Mama. But even now I am so cognizant of my many, many blessings.
I am thankful for my family, even though it seems like the heart of it is missing right now. I am still blessed with a wonderful dad, a gorgeous husband, and a handsome and smart son and his beautiful significant other. A bonus daughter and granddaughter who make life an adventure. A chosen sister, brother, niece and nephew who make me smile and who share my love of comedy and fun. How do you get luckier? You don't.
I am thankful for my many friends. I don't know how an introverted, shy girl ended up with such a host of pals, but God has been so good to me! I especially give thanks today for my two fellow Mamas. I wish you all knew them in real life. You can't imagine how awesome they are. I love you, Smock! I love you, LaMa! Blessed beyond belief? That'd be me.
But most of all I am thankful to be the daughter of so great a King. It's all grace, if it can come to one such as I.
May God's blessings shower down on all of you!