“Praise and Thanksgiving” (Valley of Vision)

This is a wonderful prayer to meditate on for Thanksgiving. It comes from the Valley of Vision, published by Banner of Truth. I revised the pronouns and verbs to be consistent with modern usage.


You are fairest, greatest, First of all objects,

my heart admires, adores, loves You,

for my little vessel is as full as it can be,

and I would pour out all that fullness before You in ceaseless flow. 

When I think upon and converse with You

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 You for the soul You have created,

for adorning it, sanctifying it, though it is fixed in barren soil;

for the body You have given me,

for preserving its strength and vigour,

for providing sense 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 sorrow 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 You clearly.

I love You above the powers of language to express,

for what You are to Your creatures.

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

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