Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reconnect with family, friends, and loved ones. It is also a day where you pause and consider what it is that you are thankful for. Saying a prayer at the Thanksgiving meal can be part of this special tradition, whether you choose to say one of the following prayers or a simple prayer of your own design. The following prayers are both traditional and modern expressions of gratitude that you can use as inspiration for saying grace on Thanksgiving Day:
Inspirational Prayers For Thanksgiving Dinner
1. Bless our family, and friends who join us, as we gather around this table.
Bless our family, and friends who join us, as we gather around this table.
The reason for the season is family and friends. The reason we gather is to be with them. The reason we are thankful is because of them. Most importantly, the reason for gratitude is that you have a joyful heart that only comes from knowing your life has meaning in relationships like these!
2. Bless the hands that have prepared this meal. Bless the food and drink before us.
- Bless the hands that have prepared this meal.
- Bless the food and drink before us.
- Bless all of those who helped to grow, raise and prepare it.
- Bless those who have shared their bounty with us, including those who have given us time from their busy schedules to enjoy this day together as a family or friends and share in our celebration of thanksgiving.
3. We thank you for your blessings of the harvest season, and for each person gathered here today.
Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what you have. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for your family and friends, who are always there for you when you need them most. It’s also a time to be thankful for the food that we’re about to eat. And it’s important not to forget all of the people who helped us get this far: our teachers, our parents, our relatives, and even strangers on the street!
We thank You for Your many blessings this harvest season, and especially those gathered here today—those whom You’ve brought together through Your providence so they might celebrate this holy day together in love and thanksgiving
4. Bless our loved ones who have passed on and are no longer with us.
- Bless our loved ones who have passed on and are no longer with us.
- Pray for their souls, that they may find peace in heaven and be present in our family’s hearts.
- May we be filled with love, hope, and peace to help us during this time of grief.
5. Teach us gratitude for all that you have given us, and help us to be a blessing to others.
- Teach us gratitude for all that you have given us, and help us to be a blessing to others.
- God is a source of joy and comfort.
- God is a source of strength and courage.
- God is a source of love and peace.
- God is a source of wisdom and guidance.
- God is a source of hope and faith.
- God is a source of life and light
6. Teach us lessons through this meal that we might apply to our daily lives.
- Teach us lessons through this meal that we might apply to our daily lives.
- Help us recognize the abundance of which we are a part and not just the scarcity.
- Let us be honest with one another, helping each other act in ways that honor who we truly are, instead of hiding behind masks or false personas.
7. A prayer is a moment of gratitude and meditation
Prayer is a moment of gratitude and meditation. Gratitude is when you see the good in your life, whatever that may be. Meditation is quieting your mind so you can hear what God wants to say to you through his Holy Spirit.
When we pray, we are talking with God on a personal level about our needs and requests for ourselves, our families and friends, or those who have asked for prayers from others. This conversation then becomes the connection between us and Him—the bridge between heaven and earth!
What you do with prayer at your Thanksgiving dinner is up to you, but we hope that our guide will help you make the best decision for your family. Whether you keep it super simple and casual or pull out all the stops with a few inspirational prayers and religious readings, prayer can be a powerful way to share gratitude and celebrate each other’s company. A meal shared together is already a gift, but adding some extra time devoted to prayer is one way to take it even further. Besides, who couldn’t use a little extra gratitude in their life?