Saying prayers for thanksgiving gratitude can help you express yourself to others when it is not always easy to put your feelings into words. Sometimes we may not know how to say something to show how much a person in our lives means to us. Or, we may just see this holiday as a great opportunity to show our gratitude. There are many ways you can use a Thanksgiving prayer to express yourself this year. Whether a short blessing, a meaningful quote or a long spiritual prayer, we will help you prepare.
As you surround yourself with family and friends this Thanksgiving, you may want to say something before you serve the meal. A prayer before the meal is a powerful way to bring gratitude to everyone’s mind. Try to use this time to bring everyone together in mind and spirit to remind everyone why we gather for this holiday. It feels good to express thanks for the presence of the people we love around us and especially of God’s constant presence and support in our lives.
Prayers for Thanksgiving Gratitude 2022
A Traditional Blessing
In a world where so many are hungry,
May we eat this food with humble hearts;
In a world where so many are lonely,
May we share this friendship with joyful hearts.
A Prayer for Gathering
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, Amen.
- Harry Jewell
A Psalm of Providence (Psalm 107:8-9)
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirst and fills the hungry with good things.
A Prayer for the Welfare of Others
O God, when I have food,
Help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
Help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
Help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
Help me to remember those who suffer,
Help me to destroy my complacency;
Bestir my compassion,
And be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted.
- Samuel F. Pugh
A Child’s Mealtime Blessing
Thank you for the food we eat and Thank you for the world so sweet.
Thank you for the birds that sing and Thank you God for everything.
St. Jude Prayer of Thanksgiving Gratitude
I receive the gifts of God with a grateful spirit. St. Jude, help me to see the blessings that surround me and give me life. I offer you my prayers of thanksgiving. Give me the grace to be ever thankful for the love and mercy of God and also the gift of life every day. May this gratitude inspire me to give generously in all ways to others. Be with me now, St. Jude. Linger with me in gratitude, and let thanks fill my heart, washing away all pain and trouble. May I desire nothing except to be in your presence, walking with you in the world to spread hope, love and thanksgiving among all of God’s children. Amen.
Good and gracious God, as we gather together this Thanksgiving, we pause from the normal routines of our daily lives to give thanks and praise for the abundant blessings you have bestowed upon us.
You have entrusted us with the wonders of your creation and given us the freedoms and opportunities to creatively collaborate in your divine plan.
Bless all of us who gather here in your name. Give us the grace to be good stewards of your bounty, the courage to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed, and the wisdom to claim nothing for ourselves, but return all to You with increase.
Bless this food we are about to share and all those who brought it to our table. Bless our loved ones, family and friends who are not with us this day; and on those who travel, that they may reach their destinations safely.
And in a special way, bless those who are less fortunate than we are today.
Grant that we who are filled with Your abundance never close our hearts to those most in need of Your mercy, particularly the hungry, the homeless and the poor. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.