Happy Thanksgiving! As a gift to you from The Printery House, we share a beautiful Thanksgiving prayer, written by one of the Monks of Conception Abbey. You may want to pray this prayer with your family and friends at the Thanksgiving table. Some families enjoy the tradition of joining hands around the table and saying a prayer together. Then going around the table, each person shares what blessing she/he is particularly grateful for this past year…a new baby, new job, graduating, healing from an illness, being reunited with a friend, or another year of good health. Pausing to count blessings can set the tone for a year ahead, one lived in gratitude.
We count among our blessings, Lord,
the gifts you have given us this year:
the love of friends and family
to share in our abundance
and support us in our need,
peace in good times
and comfort in anxious times,
joy in our gains
and hope in our losses,
humble gratitude in our successes,
and patience in our failures.
Thanks be to you, O Lord.
Glory to you forever.
O give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever.
There’s only 30 days till Christmas Eve, that silent, holy night when Jesus was born and changed the world forever. The Printery House offers a variety of gifts that honor that holy night and the birth of Jesus, the light of the world. Featuring the beautiful Silent Night theme are: pillows, fleece throw, table runner, tablecloth, cards, photo card option, Christmas stationery, and gift bags.
In the stillness of the silent night,
we follow the bright, shining
Star of Bethlehem
that leads to Jesus,
the light of the world.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Sometimes amid all the red and green, Christmas can be a little blue…life can still have its burdens, even in this holiest of seasons. Do you know someone who is suffering right now? Perhaps with an illness,an addiction, or grieving a loss? Let The Printery House help by giving you the right words to lift spirits and let someone who is hurting know that God is there to help. Cards for a difficult Christmas are found in our Abbey Christian Care Collection. Beyond the Christmas preparations, the lights and decorations, this season is a reminder of God’s amazing love for all of us. The power of God’s love through Christ Jesus can bring comfort to those who suffer and peace to a world in pain.
During these troubled times, we pray for peace and find comfort
in the words of Jesus found in John 14:27:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”