Thanksgiving Prayer 2012

I was a bit surprised when J suggested maybe A was ready for some more adult prayers.  When asked, she meant the more adult prayers where we tell God what we want or need.  I was kind of taken aback.  I haven’t prayed that way since hearing a Riverdale Baptist high school  soccer coach lead his team in prayer before playing us by asking God to grant them victory, and then leading them in a public confessional to try and explain why God had let them lose to us.  Some how keeping my relationship with God one where I can simply be thankful for all I have been given seems more my speed.  If my wife or kids ever ask for an older prayer, I suppose I could lead them in a “Pater Noster” or an “Our Father” with or without the “for thine is the kingdom…”  Until then, I will keep my prayers to what I know.

I am thankful for every day spent with a family who love and forgive me.

I am thankful for the resilience of mind and body my kids show daily.

I am thankful for a home in which to be comfortable.

I am thankful for the love of our three dogs and the riches they imply we have.

I am thankful for a job on which I am still challenged to learn something new every day.

I am thankful for friends always there in time of need.

I am thankful for the advances in medical technology allowing me to even consider running a half marathon in a couple of weeks after seven and a half years of MS.

I am thankful for every sunrise and sunset. 

For every beginning, middle and end I witness,

Thank you. 

Amen.

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2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Prayer 2012”

  1. We never know how long we will be healthy. It’s true whether we have a chronic condition we know about or seem to be in perfect health. When my wife and I chose Tysabri, we knew there were possible grave side effects from a brain infection or other unknown side effects 5 years down the road. We chose to pick the treatment to let me live well now, and we will deal with what may come. Nobody can know we have a 5 years from now or a ten years from now. Enjoy his health now. I’m glad somebody else is finding running beneficial.

    I have long claimed to be amongst the luckiest people alive. Before Tysabri, the only real cardio exercise I could do was a rowing machine because falls didn’t hurt. I have reacted better to Tysabri than any doctor would ever dare predict to a client.

    Above that, I have a job where asking an employee to send an email summarizing our conversation is considered good management not annoying.

    Finally, I am lucky enough to have a great family to support me at home. Yes, the kids and dogs can be tiring, but any time I start to feel like I can’t deal with my MS, I only have to think about all they have already gone through. My MS seems almost insignificant. They give me both perspective and purpose which I suspect are the two biggest keys for living happy.

    Mary, thanks for your comments. I’m happy to hear some one finds them of value. For me, I write them because doing so reenforces the good story narrative I use in my self talk. It provides a frame work from which to view prior events and predicted outcomes.

  2. Thank you for vision and hope for future. My husband was diagnosed with ms almost two years ago, has once again become an avid runner, health seems restored, but in the wings the question of will it last remains. To hear of another with ms running half marathon seven years into the ms journey helps rest my heart that all things and good scenarios are truly possible. Thanks for sharing.

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