by Gladys Green Parker, November 2005
Today America has somber thoughts
Of wars abroad that are being fought.
Of hurricanes winding on their way
To cross the gulf in the U.S.A.
Many lost their homes and lives
When wind and rain began to rise.
Thanksgiving is a day of prayer
Loving, and giving others care.
Thanksgiving is here to stay
America’s tradition since pilgrim days
There’s food a plenty and ready to go
On tables at home, and restaurants, you know.
Turkey and dressing and special meats
Yams and ham and delicious sweets.
Many calories are waiting there
Not to worry – pull up a chair.
Bless this food, Oh Lord, we pray
And keep us in your care today.
We pray for others and their loss
Help them bear their heavy cross
May peace come to all the world
And nation’s flags will unfurl
Clear the lands of putrid air
Lord, we need your tender care.