Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thankful Thursday - 04/08/10

This is part poem and part gratitude prayer. The author speaks of his own life, while also offering up expressions of gratitude.

A Prayer
by Max Ehrmann

Let me do my work each day;
And if the darkened hours of despair overcome me,
May I not forget the strength that comforted me
In the desolation of other times.

May I still remember the bright hours that found me
Walking over the silent hills of my childhood,
Or dreaming on the margin of the quiet river,
When a light glowed within me,
And I promised my early God to have courage
Amid the tempests of the changing years.
Spare me from bitterness
And from the sharp passions of unguarded moments.

May I not forget that poverty and riches are of the spirit.
Though the world may know me not,
May my thoughts and actions be such
As shall keep me friendly with myself.
Lift my eyes from the earth,
And let me not forget the uses of the stars.
Forbid that I should judge others,
Lest I condemn myself.

Let me not follow the clamor of the world,
But walk calmly in my path.
Give me a few good friends who will love me for what I am;
And keep ever burning before my vagrant steps
The kindly light of hope.
And though age and infirmity overtake me,
And I come not within sight of the castle of my dreams,
Teach me still to be thankful for life,
And for times olden memories that are good and sweet;
And may the evening's twilight find me gentle still.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your life and situation no matter the circumstance. I'm joining Greg and Lynn this week. Please stop by and see them.

Peace and Joy,

Romans 5:10 (NKJV) For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

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Joyce said...

This is beautiful...I'm going to print this one. A friend from childhood passed away this past weekend and I also learned this week that a friend from the UK is in the final days of her battle with cancer. Its been a hard week. Thanks for sharing this today.

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Susan, I love that prayer. Happy Thursday!

christy rose said...

What a beautiful prayer!

Nana Jul said...

That is a great poem/prayer! Yes Lord, help us keep our eyes on you with gratitude!
Happy TT day!

Greg C said...

Thanks again for joining me Susan. I was a little down with my allergies and I think it may have shown in my post. The turnout was a little low but one just one is worth it to me.

Denise said...


Sandy said...

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful prayer!
Yes, we should always be thankful and positive! Thank you, again!

gigi said...


Lynn said...

I’m finally getting around to read your praises. Beautiful post.. poem..

Thank you for joining our TT and honoring our Lord. See you again this Thursday. Hugs, Lynn