Fr. Thomas Colyandro
Don't Forget to Thank God
It seems like we shouldn't need reminders to thank God for all He has given to us, but because we're so often focused on ourselves, it bears repeating from time-to-time. The truth is, more often than not, we have so much more to be thankful for than our daily prayers would seem to indicate. So, take some time today to thank God. Thank Him for life, love, faith, work, nature, and anything else you can think of to show your appreciation for all that He has created.
To help you in this endeavor, below, please find a vocal prayer that not only offers gratitude to God, but also recognizes our sinfulness, asks for protection, and desires hope. Then, make up some of your own words. Whatever is in your heart, verbalize it in your mouth and in your mind. God will hear you.
Some time later on, perhaps before bed, repeat this line from the prayer over and over: "...you are the Hope of all the ends of the earth..." Then, change it up by saying, "You are my Hope. You are my Hope. You are my Hope." Lie there silent and still. Let God place a meditation in your heart. Fall asleep in His peace.
" O Lord my Savior and my Master, I, Your unprofitable servant, with fear and trembling give thanks unto Your loving goodness for all Your benefits which You have poured so abundantly upon me Your servant. I fall down in adoration before You and offer You, O God, my praises; with fervor I cry to You: Oh, deliver me from all adversities and mercifully fulfill in me such of my desires as may be expedient for me. Hear me, I entreat You, and have mercy, for You are the Hope of all the ends of the earth, and unto You, with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, be ascribed glory, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen."
- Taken from The Divine Liturgy Service Book in English, Church Slavonic, and Serbian, 3rd ed., 2011, based on the existing and church-approved liturgical texts compiled by V. Rev. Bozidar Dragicevich, M.A. with the blessings of His Grace Right Reverend Bishop of New Gracanica and Midwestern America Longin.
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