Thanksgiving Day is usually a handy reminder to take time out to reflect on blessings - in the theme of 2020, this observance brings up so many divergent feelings. How do I hold and express both gratitude and loss, hope and discouragement, patience and frustration . . .?
I know it would be good to pray but don't have the words. Luckily for all of us, a few people more centered and/or eloquent have written Thanksgiving prayers that fit this unique moment. Check them out:
Rebecca Ruiz has a Truth-Telling Thanksgiving Prayer at IgnatianSpirituality.com.
In America magazine, James Martin, S. J. has A Thanksgiving Prayer in the time of Covid.
Their words are help me to feel the presence of God which I do trust is with us always.
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me. (Psalm 138:1-2)