A Thanksgiving Prayer
Many drivers are paid by the mile (not by the hour) to haul the following types of products that we use, everything:
and much, much more, some of which almost defies the imagination.
As professional drivers are away from home so much of the time, we recognize that it may be difficult for them to maintain relationships with their families, church families, friends, communities and political leaders. Although some of them may look rough, smell rough and talk rough, they are still souls for whom Christ died whom we must not look upon with partiality or contempt. Although they may be viewed as the "least of these My brethren," each one is going to be spending eternity somewhere. We ask that our eyes and ears may be open to ministering to them in whatever way You lead.
Also, may we never forget the families whom they have to leave at home while being away earning their paychecks to support them.
In a recession, the transportation industry is always the first to get hit. Therefore, it is not surprising that many truckers have to work harder now that the economy is down to earn the same paycheck they were earning before, because people aren't buying as much as they were, and freight tonnage is lower. One source said that during 2008, more than 3,000 trucking companies went belly-up, with more than 137,650 trucks (7 percent of the nation's capacity) parked. Many who were employed as professional drivers are now unemployed and looking for work. We ask that You raise up jobs for them according to Your own divine plan.
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a Thanksgiving Prayer
Guide those who minister to these drivers, that they would understand the myriad temptations of life on the road and counsel the drivers -- men and women who often have hurting hearts and unique spiritual needs -- to rest on the overcoming power of Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Every day from now on, whenever we buy things, may we pause to remember that these items do not just magically appear on the stores' shelves. There is a long and often complicated process of bringing these items from the fields, groves or manufacturing plants to the stores -- and most of the process hinges on professional drivers. As our bountiful Provider, You have raised up these men and women -- the white knights of the highway -- as the often-invisible but essential link to the material goods we have around us.
We thank You for professional truck drivers and their many sacrifices in our behalf. We ask You to keep them safe in Your watch care and bring as many as are appointed to eternal life to repentance and the faith that pleases You.
These things we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.
Additional thoughts about this Thanksgiving prayer:
If our Thanksgiving prayer does not meet your needs, perhaps it will inspire you to offer one of your own.
As for us, offering a "thanksgiving prayer" is not relegated to once a year. We believe that it is important to give thanks to our Creator for all He has provided to, through, in and for us every day.
We can thank God for His bountiful provision publicly or privately. Uttering a thanksgiving prayer, even in the recesses of one's heart, should be done in humility. Psalm 8:3-4 and Psalm 103:14 remind us of our position before our Creator.
In your thanksgiving prayer, it is entirely appropriate to quote God's Word back to Him. Scripture verses you may choose to quote are:
If you are looking for a biblical example of a thanksgiving prayer, you may wish to look at David's in 1 Chronicles 29:10-19.
Even if times are tough for you, we think that there is plenty for which to be thankful.
Then we encourage you to enthusiastically offer a thanksgiving prayer to the Lord.
Vicki occasionally tells folks who ask how she is that since she isn't in the hospital, jail or morgue, she's doing just fine. This sobering bit of reality is certainly worthy of a thanksgiving prayer.
Nature teaches us that there are seasons of expansion and contraction, just like breathing in and out. Habakkuk 3:17-19 teaches us not to focus on our bad circumstances, but to exult in and rejoice in the Lord. He proves Himself the faithful Provider to all who trust in Him.
Even if you have only a little, we encourage you to thank the Lord for it in a thanksgiving prayer. Also, you might consider helping someone in a worse situation than you're in.
Some churches host community Thanksgiving services. Some communities host community-wide Thanksgiving dinners. Consider donating your time or a can of food to a food bank or food pantry as a tangible means of giving back -- that is, "putting feet" to your thanksgiving prayer.
If the concept of offering a thanksgiving prayer is foreign to you, you should know that it isn't only for folks who think that they are a good person.
Having an "attitude of gratitude" is more than just positive thinking. As a matter of course, it's better to go through life "humbly grateful" instead of "grumbly hateful."
Thank you for letting us share these thoughts with you,
Mike and Vicki Simons
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