Giving thanks

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.


Bright oranged red assasin bug nymphs

A snail on limestone

Buds of a hollyhock

Two snails in the shade of violet leaves

A violet seed case open to release the seeds

An orange-red nasturtium flower and its round leaves, with veins like spokes

For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea,
We thank you, Lord.

For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ,
We thank you, Lord.

For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends,
We thank you, Lord.

For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve,
We thank you, Lord.

For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play,
We thank you, Lord.

For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity,
We thank you, Lord.

For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice,
We thank you, Lord.

For the communion of saints, in all times and places,
We thank you, Lord.

Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord;
To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.  Amen.

A Litany of Thanksgiving from The Book of Common Prayer

P.S.–Just in case you’re wondering…those bright little orange bugs in the first photo are really something to give thanks for.  They’re assassin bug nymphs, and the full-grown bugs are terrific at eating aphids and other insects that cause trouble in the garden.  Just don’t step on them, or they’ll try their assassin powers on you.  It’s not dangerous, but it sure hurts!  

And I’m not really sure what the snails are good for, but they’re incredible creatures nonetheless, and right now they’re not eating anything in my garden, so I can afford to feel thankful for them!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Brianne says:

    very nice pictures, and neat to learn about the bug nymphs! visiting from mulitudes on mondays!

    1. dwellrichly says:

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. even experiencing our tent caterpillar infestation … I can give thanks… God knows exactly what He is doing. In Him, we are rich

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