In US and other countries the Thanksgiving Day is celebrated as a national holiday. This is celebrated as a day giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Canada celebrates this day on second Monday of October while U.S. celebrates it on fourth Thursday of November. In this ceremony, the people gather together and celebrate this day by having huge dinner, decoration, as well as by saying prayers and poems. The Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are observed after harvests and at other times.
During the ceremony the prayer and poems are said to say thanks to the god for everything that they receive from god. People receive from him their lives and the food and drink to sustain. They believe that every good thing in their lives comes ultimately from God and they owe him thanks for all.
The prayer of appreciation for the gifts God has given us. Learning to be thankful is one of the best ways to combat depression and self-pity. Thanksgiving should be a part of every prayer. Here is a small poem for the thanksgiving ceremony.
When the Halloween pumpkins are gone,
And the leaves have all fallen to ground,
When the air has turned windy and cold,
Then Thanksgiving will soon be around.
Thoughts of loved ones all feasting together,
Pleasant pictures from past times appear
To dwell in each heart and each mind–
Then Thanksgiving is finally here!
The kitchen has scrumptious aromas,
The dining room looks oh, so fine,
Decorations with pilgrims and turkeys,
And now we are ready to dine!
First the napkins are placed on our laps;
Now the prayer for the meal to be blessed,
Then we stuff the good food in our tummies,
And we hope for it all to digest!
Our Father in Heaven,
We Give Thanks for the Pleasure
Of Gathering Together for this Occasion.
We Give Thanks for this Food
Prepared by Loving Hands.
We Give Thanks for Life,
The Freedom to Enjoy it all
And all Other Blessings.
As we Partake of this Food,
We Pray for Health and Strength
To Carry On and Try to Live as You Would Have Us.
This We Ask in the Name of Christ.
Our Heavenly Father!
Heavenly Father, On Thanksgiving Day, We Bow Our Hearts To You and Pray. We Give You Thanks For All You’ve Done, Especially For the Gift of Jesus, Your Son. For Beauty in Nature, Your Glory we See For Joy and Health, Friends and Family, For Daily Provision, Your Mercy and Care These are the Blessings You Graciously Share. So Today We Offer You This Response of Praise With a Promise to Follow You All Of Our Days.
Welcome, O Lord, These Autumn Days,
With Hymns of Gratitude and Praise.
For Changing Seasons As They Go,
For Autumn Leaf, For Winter’s Snow,
For the Green Verdure of the Spring,
For Life in Plant and Life on Wing,
For Summer With Its Ripening Heat,
For Hopes the Rounded Years Complete,
For Morn and Noon, For Night and Day,
For Light That Makes Our Heavenward Way;
For All the Blessings of Thy Hand,
For Freedom in Fair Freedom’s Land,
Pursuit of Thrift That Brings Us Wealth,
For Schools and Churches, Peace and Health,
For Commerce, Yielding Up Her Stores,
Brought for Man’s Use from Distant Shores;
For Countless Gifts, O Lord,
We Raise Our Hymns of Gratitude and Praise…
O Lord of all Creations,
We Give You Thanks Not Only With Our Lips
But With Our Heart, Mind and Soul.
Every Day is a Gift
Each Day is a Blessing.
Open Our Eyes to See Your Living Presence in Each Other.
Help Us Grow Stronger Each Day
In Faith, Hope and Love.
We Ask You This Through Jesus Christ Our Lord
Who Lives and Reigns With You and The Holy Spirit,
Forever and Ever.
We Thank You, Father,
For The Gift of Jesus, Your Son,
Who Came to Our Earth
And Lived in a Simple Home.
We Have a Greater Appreciation
Of the Value and Dignity
Of the Human Family
Because He Loved
And Was Loved Within its Shelter.
Bless Us This Day;
May We Grow in Love For Each Other
In Our Family And So Give Thanks to You
Who Are the Maker of All Human Families
And our Abiding Peace.