Thanksgiving is for giving thanks and offer prayer for what you have. Regardless of your denomination or religious viewpoint. Everyone has something for which to be thankful. That is why it is one of my favorite holidays throughout the year. It is a day that each and every one of us can celebrate with friends and family. The fact that we also get our only four-day weekend of the work year doesn’t hurt either.
It is a time to feast on the bountiful harvest. Moreover, it is a time to be thankful with an act of prayer to God. I came across this prayer many years ago and I love sharing it. Furthermore, it is not only a great prayer for Thanksgiving, but for any day of the year.
During this time of Thanksgiving I want you to know how thankful I am that you have been a part of my success at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation – The Kelso Group . Without your help, business, and referrals I would not be where I am today.
Though we face tough times as a nation, we should all be thankful to be living in a country where we enjoy the freedom and have the opportunity to make not only our nation better, but also our individual lives.
Sometimes you may not know where to start in giving thanks for all that we have. I would like to share a very simple prayer that helps me remember for whom to give thanks and ask for God’s guidance.
THE FIVE-FINGER PRAYER
For All of the World’s Religions & Denominations
1. Your thumb is nearest to you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. For us to pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a “sweet duty.”
The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.
3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance
4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact, that this is our weakest finger; as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.
5. And lastly comes our little finger; the smallest finger of all, which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.
Cary Michael Cox