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  A Thanksgiving Prayer Poem
by J. Joy Matthews Alford - Sistah Joy
Thursday, November 25, 2010
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Happy Thanksgiving to my many on-line friends and family,

Each of you are a blessing in my life. Thank you for your friendship and love. Thank you for sharing your life, your time, and for some, your gift of poetry. Thank you all for sharing your gift of caring throughout the year. May you be blessed by God in ways requested, but also in ways unanticipated, unsuspected, unimagined and simply beyond expectation, for He is a God of miracles, without boundaries or limitations. Happy Thanksgiving!



A Thanksgiving Prayer Poem




 J. Joy “Sistah Joy” Matthews Alford 11/25/2010



How blessed are we to see another Thanksgiving Day!

May we each be blessed by God

to receive all the things we need

May we, even more importantly,

remember to be a blessing whenever we can

even to strangers on the street

Reach out to family, friends or neighbors, help them all

Let us Thank God for the blessing of being able

to be a blessing in some way large or small


Take time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us

Find time to improve things where there's a need 

Take time to say thank you

Not just in word but in deed

Make time to reach out to an elder or child

Despite life's challenges, there's always a reason to smile

Understand the miracle of fellowship,

for we are meant to come together

And when we do, let us not sing the blues,

but sing a joyful song

Praising His name, thanking Him 

for another day -- yes, above dirt!


When we see the sun or the rain

Let us thank Him knowing that our blessings

always, absolutely always outweigh our pain

So this Thanksgiving Day let us remember to thank God

For family, friends and love

For sun, stars, even clouds in the sky above

Let us remain thankful, be grateful for life

This Thanksgiving Day and always  



Sistah Joy

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Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 11/25/2010
Wonderful prayer, Joy, I'm with you. Great meter(s). Hope I can remember... beyond today.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen

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