A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

O God, as we gather around this table, we are grateful.

We thank you for this turkey that sacrificed its life for our meal.
It’s an organic Turkey, God, raised by you, only on the grass of the field. We thank you that it is preservative and hormone free.

We pray for our neighbors. They have a Jennie-o Turkey, and we do not know how that bird tastes. Such unclean and tortured meat will never pass our lips. May you have mercy on our neighbors, O God.

We thank you for the gift of football.
O Lord, you know that before long, the dinner conversation will grow tedious. But, in thy great mercy, you have granted us this large, flat-screen television, and on it we will watch, as you know, the Detroit Lions. And by the light of its massive screen, we will be blessed with the gift of substance-free conversation until you grant us the nightfall.

O God, we thank you for the variety of menu requests and dietary restrictions you blessed us with in the preparation of this feast today. We are so grateful that you sent us relatives and in-laws who cannot eat gluten, and who are enjoying low carb, or low fat, or low sodium diets. We thank you for the hummus we made them LAST Thanksgiving, so that THIS YEAR, in thy Divine Providence, you prompted them to bring their own food with them. You are indeed, the Almighty.

O Lord, we thank you for our family. Even for the people that my children married- against my will, O God. But, at least they got married. Grant us all patience, this day, O God, you who create blended families of Vikings and Packers fans, of Lutherans and Catholics, of Republicans and Democrats, of iPhone and Samsung users- you who just delight, O God, in stirring the pot. O God, our family demonstrates that you have a grand, grand sense of humor. You who are the God of bickering.

O God, last of all, we thank you for our faith. In the end, that’s what matters most, isn’t it? Through it all we trust you, through it all we learn to love each other, through it all we even learn to enjoy each other, and therefore, O God, by some miracle of the first order, we decide we will do this again NEXT year.

Because indeed, O God, in the end, we are grateful.

O God, grant us all, a blessed Thanksgiving. Amen

About Father Nathan Reesman

On Twitter: @FatherReesman Father Nathan Reesman is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, ordained in 2006. He is the Shared Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, and also of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish, both in West Bend, Wisconsin. Father Reesman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, obtaining his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science in the year 2000. He completed his seminary studies at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 2006, obtaining a Masters of Divinity. Father Reesman completed post-graduate studies at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, obtaining a Doctor of Ministry in 2019.
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