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Thanksgiving prayer

Note: This year has been difficult. We know that many of you may not be able to be with extended family during this pandemic. Through Thanksgiving, we’ll be sharing several new prayers for this Thanksgiving season. Please join us in prayer as we celebrate Thanksgiving.

Gracious God,

I know it’s Thanksgiving time; yet I’m finding it difficult to pray in thanksgiving for your many gifts to me.

Loving God, please understand.

I am thankful for family and friends and sad that, for safety’s sake, we cannot be together to celebrate.

I am thankful for all those who work so tirelessly to protect us from the COVID-19 virus and distressed that the virus continues to afflict so many of Earth’s people.

I am thankful that simple actions protect us so effectively from the virus and I get crabby about frequent temperatures checks, daily sanitizing, wearing my mask – worst – not being able to hug anyone.

I am thankful for the freedom of our nation and worried about the deep divisions between and among us.

I am thankful for the kindness we’ve shown one another during this worrisome time and I’m impatient for an effective vaccine to become available, for this troubling time of suffering and death to be over.

Gracious God,

Thank you for loving me when I am sad, distressed, worried, crabby and impatient just as you love me when I am thankful.

Gracious God, I thank you with all my heart.


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Sister Denise Wilkinson

Sister Denise was the general superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods from 2006-2016. She previously served as a high school teacher, college administrator, postulant/novice director and director of advancement and communications for the Congregation. Currently, Sister Denise serves the Congregation in various volunteer positions.

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  1. Marsha Speth, SP on November 25, 2020 at 7:06 am

    So real, so true! Thank you for giving us words, Denise!

  2. Bill Hughes on November 25, 2020 at 9:15 am

    And thank YOU, Denise, for reminding us of how totally we are loved even when our behavior isn’t very loveable! I plan to share your prayer with family and friends.

  3. Ann Casper, SP on November 25, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Your words are perfect for these days of up and dpwn emotions. Thanks so much, Denise.

  4. Natasha Butcher on November 25, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Thank you Denise. Sometimes it is very easy to feel that the Lord “gave all the easy parts away” to others. We do have to be reminded to ” look up” , and be thankful for others. People that help us along the way with not only our physical health, but our emotional health as well, which is just as important.. But most of all , thank the Lord for putting these gracious people in our path.

  5. Mary J Taggart on November 25, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Denise Thank you for your prayers, and many lovely times we have spent together. I am thankful for your gift of friendship, as well as that of your sister Toni.
    Please continue to pray for my family and especially my son Daniel who is having some health problems. My grandchildren, and spouses and soon to be spouses..
    We all pray for you, and the nuns who pray for us.
    Bless our country, with peace.
    Help our children growing, in this world of Covid at this time.
    Love, Peace, and Blessings to all


  6. Katherine Manley on November 26, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Denise, we reap protection from Covid-19 through the generosity of our Sister servers, platers and passers. Blessings on each one of them.

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