A Pilgrim’s Prayer
When I come to this time of the year, the lives of the Pilgrims will often come to my remembrance. I try and think about what kind of folk they must have been in order to sacrifice so much in order to pursue radical lives of faith in the new world. They certainly were people worthy of my focus and attention. There are definitely things for me to learn from them. One of these things is their life of prayer. You will often find the words of their prayers on my lips during the Thanksgiving season. Here is a Thanksgiving prayer that is attributed to them. I hope you will observe the passionate nature of their devotion in this prayer that I share with you today. I hope you will pray it along with me.
O my God,
Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects,
my heart admired, adores, loves thee,
for my little vessel is as full as it can be,
and I would pour out all that fullness before thee
in ceaseless flow.
When I think upon and converse with thee
ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,
ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
crowding into every moment of happiness.
for a full table and overflowing cup,
for appetite, taste, sweetness,
for social joys of relatives and friends,
for ability to serve others,
for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
I love thee above the powers of language
for what thou art to thy creatures
Increase my love, O my God, through time
and eternity. Amen.