Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Prayer

Though I haven't been feeling particularly connected to God of late (not sure if I'm losing hope or feel like I'm being shut out - like He is angry with me or something, i.e. I got a low "A" on my operations management essay, all my friends made high "A's", I feel so dumb). But I continue to give Duas (as we say in Islam) for God to help me be more faithful, give me spiritual strength in the face of such adversities.

In the essence of the American holiday, Thanksgiving here is a prayer of thanks for the holiday (I modified the ending to include God, because its a Buddist prayer):

Today may we appreciate this food and remember those who are hungry.May we appreciate our family and friends and remember those who are alone.May we appreciate our health and remember those who are sick.May we appreciate the freedoms we have and remember those who suffer injustice and tyranny.Peace on earth. To God we give thanks for our blessings.



Blogger Kate said...

That's a beautiful prayer, Virginia Gal. I'm sending you good thoughts from across the pond. . .

2:48 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Lovely prayer! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday young lady!

11:56 AM  
Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Thanks for the prayer.

But an A is still an A, and interviewing HR offices look for the paper, not asking about the path to getting it. As long as you learn, so that you will have things to apply when you are finally working and needing the knowledge.

12:05 PM  
Blogger Molly Malone said...

OY VEY! you're feeling dumb about a low A? well you should! you've single-handedly lowered the average GPA of my friends. and you know i only choose friends based on their academic success, not on how interesting a conversationalist they are or how beautiful their souls are. i have mercy and will keep you on the friend roster. Honey, on the other hand, is completely shamed by you and will now avert his eyes and deny he knows you. NONE of our other friends have EVER gotten anything lower than a 98 on ANYTHING they have ever produced in school. if i ever hear you get a B in anything, i will defenestrate myself from my rooftop.


12:35 PM  
Blogger Molly Malone said...

btw: President Lincoln created Thanksgiving during the Civil War because he knew the nation needed a day to pause and give thanks even in the direst, darkest days. i've always thought that was really smart of him, and that we all need to bear that in mind. it's hard as hell, but frankly when you reflect and are grateful - at least, when i am - it's harder to allow yourself pessimism. all we have is today.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Random Kath said...

VA Gal, I know how you feel about the grades - but I must concur that an A is an A, not matter how perfectionist we want to be . . . I'm learning to just let things go and accept the grades as they come, so long as they aren't below, say, a B- . . .

I know how you're feeling in general too, so hang in there. We shall get through, and Holiday break is just around the corner. Woo!

You prayer is lovely and needs to be every single day, just so we remember to always be thankful for what we've got . . .

1:12 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Beautiful prayer.

God is NOT mad at you, sweetie.

Happy Thanksgiving!! **HUG**

2:49 PM  
Blogger mommanator said...

thank you for the blessing of prayer-and thank You for such humility!

8:42 AM  
Blogger CS said...

You got a low A and feel like God is angry with you? An A is an A, my friend - celebrate!

And I love the prayer.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Virginia Gal said...

Kate - thank you, I liked the prayer as well.

Brenda - happy thanksgiving to you as well!

Joe - I know you're right, and I try to remind myself but immersed in the world of academia I often start to get VERY competitive, thanks for keeping it real.

Molly - you crack me up - thanks for the laughs and for the information on Abe Lincoln. I really really think he was just an amazing guy...he would definitely be on my top three people to have lunch with!

Random Kath - glad you appreciate and you are so right, three weeks till break and I'm counting down the days! I'm happy you liked the prayer.

Tony - Hugs back at you and thanks for the reassurance, I always need it.

Mommantor - Many many you're welcomes, I'm so happy you liked the prayer.

CS - You're right, I think I just get too competitive...can't wait to leave this world of academia and back to the real world. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

1:19 AM  

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