7 Year Tea Party Winners: Susan Craft's winner of her trilogy novels - The Chamomile, Laurel, and Cassia is: Lucy Reynolds, The winner of a copy of The Backcountry Brides is: Tammy Cordery, the winner of a silver quill charm is: Kathy Maher, Choice of one of three books by Carrie Fancett Pagels in paperback: Joy Ellis, A Bouquet of Brides Collection by Pegg Thomas winner is: Becky Smith, Janet Grunst's Selah-Award winning novel, A Heart Set Free, is: Sherry Moe.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Puritan Prayer of Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1912

I was inspired by the lovely hymn that Janet shared on Sunday and thought that in this busy week of pie-baking and turkey-thawing and dressing-making, I would give you another quick, beautiful prayer from our forefathers to help us all reflect on the holiday.

This prayer comes from a volume of Puritan prayers entitled The Valley of Vision, compiled by Arthur Bennett. He doesn't say who wrote each one, but I am always struck by the sincere, heart-wrenching faith of those who penned these words. I pray this one speaks to you today.

Praise and Thanksgiving

O my God,
Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects,
my heart admired, adores, loves thee,
for my little vessel is as full as it can be,
and I would pour out all that fullness before thee
in ceaseless flow.

When I think upon and converse with thee
ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,
ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
crowding into every moment of happiness.

I bless thee for the soul thou hast created,
for adorning it, sanctifying it,
though it is fixed in barren soil;
for the body thou hast given me,
for preserving its strength and vigour,
for providing senses to enjoy delights,
for the ease and freedom of my limbs,
for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding,
for thy royal bounty providing my daily support,
for a full table and overflowing cup,
for appetite, taste, sweetness,
for social joys of relatives and friends,
for ability to serve others,
for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
for a mind to care for my fellow-men,
for opportunities of spreading happiness around,
for loved ones in the joys of heaven,
for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly.

I love thee above the powers of language
to express,
for what thou art to thy creatures.

Increase my love, O my God, through time
and eternity.


May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving tomorrow!


Roseanna M. White pens her novels under the Betsy Ross flag hanging above her desk, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When she isn’t writing fiction, she’s editing it for WhiteFire Publishing or reviewing it for the Christian Review of Books, both of which she co-founded with her husband. She is the author of the upcoming Ring of Secrets, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, and two biblical novels. www.roseannawhite.com


  1. Replies
    1. Isn't it lovely? I really love this book of prayers. Thanks, Jennifer!

  2. That is my favorite book to use for a devotional! Those prayers are meaty :)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Aren't they?? I found it when researching Puritan prayers for Ring of Secrets (my heroine's favorite way of addressing the Lord is "God of my end...") and just loved them. I bought one for my grandfather for Christmas. =) Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  3. Roseanna, what a lovely prayer.
    I had to chuckle when I read about your action figure. I also have a Jane Austen action figure watching over me at my desk. So my son's claim that a Jane Austen action figure is an oxymoron ~ so wrong.

    1. Not an action figure? But writing a novel is a feat of super-hero powers! ;-)

  4. That devotional is available on audio CD, too, which is cool! If I were driving more I'd definitely want that. I still want it. Thanks for this lovely post, Roseanna, and the beautiful prayer. Praying you, our CQ gang and families, and all our readers and their families will have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  5. I've read the prayer three times and am struck each time with something new. The prayer connects with my mind and heart on many levels. Thank you, Roseanna.

    1. So glad it touched you as much as it did me, Susan! I've yet to read a prayer from that book that didn't stir my heart.

  6. Thank you for sharing this beautiful prayer. It strikes me how praise transcends time! Reading it brings to mind so many things I, too, am thankful for, but too often take for granted.

    Abundant Thanksgiving Blessings to all!

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  8. This was a beautiful prayer poem. Wish I could talk as eloquently. Thanks!
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