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Lord, When I Thank You

Guatemalan man praying

Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

    What shall I return to the LORD
         for all his goodness to me?

    I will lift up the cup of salvation
         and call on the name of the LORD.
    I will fulfill my vows to the LORD
         in the presence of all his people.

    I will sacrifice a thanks offering to you
         and call on the name of the LORD.

               —Psalms 116:12-14, 16-17

Lord, once I asked you to lay my enemies low.
And now my enemies fall:
     My deafness to your voice.
     My blindness to your people's need.
     My stillness and inwardness in a world you made me to be a part of.
     My willful corruption of spirit.
Enemies each.

I testify to it:
     You stand before me and open my ears.
     You uncover my eyes.
     You cry, "Rise and walk!"
     You cleanse me and make me new.

How can I thank you, except to respond to your call?

And so, when I thank you for my daily bread, help me to share it.
When I thank you for my health, teach me to heal.
When I thank you for my companions, show me the courage to reach out.
When I thank you for my life, give me the grace to bless and protect the lives and dignity of others.

Lord, from the harvest of plenty, I have reaped so much.
And I offer only one thing in thanksgiving—
A heart made for loving.


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