Better Late Than Never (Five Minute Friday: ENJOY)

It’s been one of those weeks when I’ve had a few  ‘Stop the world – I want to get off’ moments. So enjoyment has not been at the forefront of my mind.

However, one task I’ve had this week has been to put together into prayer form a list our Boys’ Brigade lads came up with of things they are thankful for. The younger ones wrote theirs on leaf shapes to make a ‘thankfulness tree’ which will be displayed at our annual Enrolment Service tonight.

And, even though I was feeling stressed whilst writing this prayer, I found my attitude changing when I focussed on gratitude, with its near neighbour, joy, not so far away after all.

So here’s the prayer that made me smile inside and out. Its honesty and specificity is a lesson to us all:

Dear Father God

We are thankful for all You have given us.

We are thankful for life itself, our life, that You have created us, for all the world and all living things.

We are thankful for animals, from the great, like whales, to the small, like our pets, including Freddie’s cat.

ALL: We are thankful for all You have given us.

We are thankful for everything that makes up our day to day life:

We are thankful for language so we can communicate.

We are thankful for school and education.

We are thankful for weekends.

We are thankful for our homes and all that is in them – from books to beds to toilets.

ALL: We are thankful for all You have given us.

We are thankful for all the food we have to eat.

We are thankful for clean water and drinks.

We are thankful for pineapples, bananas, and apples.

We are thankful for sweets and tuck because it’s delicious.

We are thankful for pie.

ALL: We are thankful for all You have given us.

We are thankful for games, electronics, and virtual reality:

We are thankful for football and Lego.

We are thankful for Warhammer, Pokemon Go, and Minecraft.

We are thankful for iPods and Xboxes.

We are thankful for Fifa 15, 16 and 17.

ALL: We are thankful for all You have given us.

We are thankful for all the people in our lives.

We are thankful for our friends, our parents, and our families.

ALL: We are thankful for all You have given us.

We are thankful for You, God.

We are thankful for Jesus, for Church, and for Boys’ Brigade.

ALL: We are thankful for all You have given us. Amen.

bblogocolour