Known and Unknown Blessings

Five Days of Prayer – Day 3

You are a shield around me, O Lord.
                        —Psalm 3:3

Dear God,

I thank you often for obvious blessings: family, friends, food.

But there are many favors I take for granted; I fail to thank because I fail to think.

I rarely thank you for sight, sound, and smell; for lungs and liver. I don’t recall having ever thanked you for my pancreas.

I seldom thank you for the way you silently work in the background, setting events in motion months, even years before the results appear in my life.

More often than I know, I have had a brush with death—invasive bacteria, near-accidents, close calls I wasn’t aware of, but that you saw and prevented.

So today Father, accept my prayer of gratitude for the countless blessings you so generously bestow …

Seen and unseen.
Known and unknown.
Acknowledged and unacknowledged.


Of 1,440 God-given minutes today,
surely one can be used to say “Thank You.”

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