Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Susan Hauck By Susan Hauck , 23rd Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/26si7aym/
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This poem is about gratitude for the blessings that I have been given. I am humbled when I think of God's grace towards me. Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving Day, or the equivalent in cultures other than my own, I hope you enjoy this poem!

I Have Not One Thing

I have many things--
Four healthy limbs:
Two legs to carry me,
wherever I wish to walk.
Two arms that are strong enough,
to clear the brush.
Two good eyes to see,
where to swing the scythe.
Two good ears to protect,
from the noise of my own machines.
And I have many machines and gadgets--
A computer to write down this poem.
Two TVs to watch our favorite shows,
A stereo and surround sound--
music fills the air.....

Whenever I bemoan,
an inconvenience-turned-disaster-in-my-mind,
I remind myself that the things I have,
most of the people in world do not:
fresh, clean, running water,
a cold drink, a hot bath,
a soft, clean, warm bed,
a pillow of down.
A reliable food source—no food anxiety here.
Well-stocked grocery and department stores ensure my every need and want.
I have the security that comes from knowing,
where my next meal is coming from.
I own the land I live on. It is lush and green and
ripe for planting--no famine here.
I live in a country whose citizens are free.
I am shielded as much as possible,
from the reality, the brutality of war,
from the grief, poverty and destruction it brings.
I have not one thing--
I have so many things,
I am blessed beyond measure.

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Blessings, Gratitude, Poem, Thanksgiving Day

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author avatar Susan Hauck
I have been a freelance writer since 2008. I have a four-year degree in social welfare with expertise in that area. I also write about many different aspects of nature, pets and pet care.

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks, Mark for your moderation. :-)

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author avatar Retired
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Very beautiful poem by a talented writer!

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks, Sister-o-Mine!

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author avatar Ralph
24th Nov 2015 (#)

I like this. I am so tired of hearing about Black Friday like it's a synonym for Thanksgiving, More people need to do like this poem and focus on what it's really about and what to give thanks for!! Great share.

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author avatar Retired
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Good point Ralph!

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks, Ralph, I hear ya. I totally feel the same about Black Friday!

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Ralph DOES make good points! I get so tired of hearing of Black Friday, and especially of Christmas commercials BEFORE Thanksgiving Day! I stay away from Department stores! My family DOES need new socks and shoes for Christmas, but those plus a few desired goodies can be purchased online. No wasting of gas ramming frantically from store to store. No pushing, no shoving, no in-your-face commercialism! Just taking care of loved ones, as God took care of us. THAT is what we celebrate this time of year. :-)

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author avatar Dianna
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Beautiful poem to make us reflect!

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks, Dianna. I'm so glad you liked it!

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author avatar Catherine
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Very inspirational!

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks, Catherine, I so glad you thought so! :-)

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author avatar CityJoe
24th Nov 2015 (#)

This is great to make all the shoppers and the globbers take stock of themselves and remember to celebrate what it's really about instead of cyber mondays and pointless things it was never meant for. Great poem! Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Deidre
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Joe, it's time to say it. You are an odd individual with an odd way of expressing yourself...ROFL..not to get this off topic. GREAT poem, Susan! Happy Thanksgiving!

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author avatar CityJoe
24th Nov 2015 (#)

I beg your pardon!! I merely said the globbers(people who only come for the food) and the shoppers (those who only care about Black Friday) should read this and remember what Thanksgiving is all about. YOU just don't know all my cool speech patterns. LOL.

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author avatar Retired
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Well, Joe....uh....you are a rather strange individual. You could have said it that way the first time. As it was, your first comment had nary a cognizant thought in it. Now, I knew what you meant, as I am accustom to your strangeness, but Susan probably thought "oh dear...well...he is trying to communicate something there, so I will be benevolent and approve his comment" LMAO...

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks, Deidre, yes Joe is...unique! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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author avatar CityJoe
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Susie! They are picking .on me!

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

I know you're just expressing yourself, Joe!

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author avatar Yolanda
24th Nov 2015 (#)

It's a prayer not a poem you guys

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author avatar Tom
24th Nov 2015 (#)

It's written in verse so it qualifies as a poem.

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author avatar Retired
24th Nov 2015 (#)

You guys are getting ridiculous! LOL

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Yes they are a little, but hey, laughter is like a medicine to the heart. LOL!

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Yolanda and Tom, you're both right!

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author avatar CityJoe
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Ridiculous is what I do best. And I have no idea the difference between a poem a verse and a prayer. I just know nice stuff when I hear it.

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

A poem rhymes, prose does not, and a prayer is generally to a deity. But nice stuff will do fine, Joe!

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author avatar Catherine
24th Nov 2015 (#)

You mean when you read it

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Now, you're picking on poor Joe, Catherine. :-)

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

PS: Prose and verse and usually considered the same thing. Or am I wrong?

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author avatar Carol Roach
24th Nov 2015 (#)

wonderful poem of thankgiving

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol, I appreciate the compliment! :-)

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author avatar Mark
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Either a poem or a prayer, it is very beautiful and well written. Thanks again for sharing with the world.

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks, Mark, I'm so glad you enjoy it!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Nov 2015 (#)

When we look around almost everyone has much to be thankful for - to be up and about everyday is by itself a blessing.

Thanks for this uplifting poem Susan - siva

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks, Siva. You're right, it's a blessing to be up and about some days. Isn't THAT the truth!

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author avatar Raz Schultz
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Once again, Susan, you have shared your heart and soul with us. Beautiful.
The mad dash over Christmas buying made Black Friday more important than Thanksgiving. Buying Christmas gifts was originally supposed to remind us of the Great Gift given to us (unto us a Child is born - Jesus) but these days so many have forgotten Him as they wildly shop, over-extend and buy gifts for each other, which does nothing to commenorate HIS BIRTHDAY, on whatever day that happened..

There were just videos on TV of people already camping in front of stores to make sure they're in the door first. How selfish.

What if we all did what Susan's poem, prose, and prayer invites us to do and just relax and be thankful for all we have. What joy, peace and freedom from stress to gain, We have pretty much cut back to that and it's great!
Thank you, Susan, and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

And....everybody...stop picking on CityJoe! He means well. LOL

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks, Raz! Happy Thanksgiving Day to you, too. I appreciate your compliments and totally agree that we've forgotten the meaning of Christmas: to celebrate Christ's birth--not to see who can buy the most stuff that will only be around for awhile, then stored or given away, forgotten!

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author avatar Susan Hauck
24th Nov 2015 (#)

PS: City Joe will survive, won't ya, guy? :-)

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author avatar CityJoe
25th Nov 2015 (#)

Although abused and mistreated by women far and wide...CityJoe will survive....

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author avatar Retired
25th Nov 2015 (#)

Oh dear, he's writing his own poems now. Well...he's busy and occupied...that's good.

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author avatar Susan Hauck
25th Nov 2015 (#)

There once was a guy named Joe,
who never backed down from a foe,
you could tell him to quiet,
but just like a riot,
he's always rarin' to go! :-)

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author avatar CityJoe
28th Nov 2015 (#)

I regret to inform myself that Susan is the better poet. I love it!

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author avatar Susan Hauck
28th Nov 2015 (#)

It came to me out of the blue, Joe--like you do! :-)

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author avatar brendamarie
29th Nov 2015 (#)

great poem

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author avatar Susan Hauck
29th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks, Brendamarie! I appreciate it!

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author avatar CityJoe
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Nice!

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author avatar Susan Hauck
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks, City Joe! :-)

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author avatar Kingwell
7th Dec 2015 (#)

We all have much to be thankful for. Thank you for reminding us. Blessings.

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author avatar Susan Hauck
7th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks, Kingwell, blessings to you as well! :-)

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