Greeting: Thank You Lord, for My Family

 Having a roof to live under is a luxury. Having ample food on your table every day is luck. And above all, having a family to care for you is a blessing. The unconditional love of a family is something we should all be thankful for, notwithstanding the messes we make, the chores we complain about, the heartbreak we experience, and the distances that separate us. Let us all express our gratitude to the Lord, for having given us a comfortable house for us to live in and a warm family that makes it a home.

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Lord, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes,

We have plenty of food to eat.

Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry

We have plenty of nice clothes to wear.


And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade beds      

They were so warm and comfortable last night.

I know that many have no bed.


My thanks to you, Lord, for this bathroom,

Complete with all the splattered mirrors,

Soggy, grimy towels and a dirty lavatory,      

They are so convenient.

family prayer

Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator

That needs cleaning.

It has served us faithfully for many years.


Thank you, Lord, for this oven that absolutely

Must be cleaned today.      

It has baked so many things over the years.


The whole family is grateful for that tall grass

That we all enjoy in the yard.

My kids are healthy and able to run and play.


Lord, the presence of all these chores awaiting me says

You have richly blessed my family.

I shall do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully.


family prayer

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl

When the alarm rings,

Thank you, Lord, that I can hear.

There are many who are deaf.


Even though I keep my eyes closed from the morning light

As long as possible,

Thank you, Lord, that I can see. 

Many are blind.


Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising,

Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise.

There are many who are bedridden.


Even though the first hour of my day is hectic,

When socks are lost, toast is burned and tempers are short and my children are so loud,

Thank you, Lord, for my family.

There are many who are lonely.