Weekend Wisdom

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

May this prayer bless you as it has me. Words are by Ralph Waldo Emerson and photos are by me and my father.

For flowers that bloom about our feet, Father, we thank Thee.

For tender grass so fresh, so sweet, Father, we thank Thee.

For the song of bird and

hum of bee,

for all things fair we hear

or see, Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For blue of stream

“Downstream From Soda Dam” – October 1992 Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Springs, NM

and blue of sky, Father, we thank Thee.

For pleasant shade of branches high, Father, we thank Thee.

For fragrant air and cooling breeze,

for beauty of the blooming trees, Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For this new morning with its light, Father, we thank Thee.

For rest and shelter of the night, Father, we thank Thee.

For health and food,

for love and

June 19th, 1993


for everything Thy goodness sends,

2 deer in woods and lilac bush
“Good Time For Clam Digging In Chiniak, AK” – by my father

Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

May you and your family have a joy-filled Thanksgiving.

God bless you.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.