The other night while I was talking to one of the intended recipients of our annual Thanksgiving boxes, I was impressed with how often he entreated me to please pray for him. I’ve thought a lot about that in these last few days, and decided that it would be appropriate to include a prayer in each of the boxes. Tonight as we packed and passed out twenty very nice baskets, this prayer also went with each family’s box:
May your blessing rest upon this family today. Where there is sickness or injury, would you bring health and healing. Where there is conflict, would you bring resolution and peace. Where there is sorrow and sadness, bring comfort and give joy. Where there is despair, give vision and courage and Hope.
May this box, given in the name of your Holy Son, Jesus, remind this household that someone cares, someone remembers. In the days ahead, may their thoughts and hearts turn towards you with honest desires to sincerely know you and find out your will for their lives both individually and as a family unit.
Oh, Divine Master, no matter what comes into the lives of this family, may they discover your salvation, freely given, yet needed so desperately by us all. And in this season of Grateful Praise, may this be where our deepest gratitude lies: That you loved us and sent your Son, Jesus, to die for us so that we might have eternal life.