16 Thanksgiving PoemsA collection of thanksgiving poems to share with others and to encourage us to be grateful for all the blessings we have in our lives.
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.
"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action." W. J. Cameron - Thanksgiving Quotes
What's The Use
Poet: Douglas Malloch
What's the use of always weepin',
Making trouble last?
What's the use of always keepin'
Thinkin' of the past?
Each must have his tribulation -
Water with his wine;
Life, it ain't no celebration,
Trouble - I've had mine -
But today is fine!
Thankful For Many Things
Poet: Julie Hebert
I am thankful for my family,
My friends I feel the same.
Life is filled with many thanks,
Life is the perfect game.
Life is filled with treasures,
If you're a lucky one.
Be grateful and be humble,
And share them with someone.
But one thing we must remember,
We are not the one to thank.
There is a higher power here,
That we must give first rank.
I am thankful for my life,
And all that it holds.
I'm excited to see what's next for me,
Lets see how it unfolds.
"When one is thankful for the blessings in their life, they are choosing to attract more positivity and abundance." Michael Austin Jacobs
In Everything Give Thanks
For all that God in mercy sends -
For health and children, home and friends;
For comfort in the time of need,
For every kindly word and deed,
For happy talks and holy thoughts;
For guidance in our daily walk -
In everything give thanks!
For beauty in this world of ours,
For verdant grass and lovely flowers,
For song of birds, for horn of bees,
For the refreshing summer breeze,
For hill and plain, for streams and wood,
For the great ocean's mighty flood -
In everything give thanks!
For the sweet sleep which comes with night,
For the returning morning's light,
For the bright sun that shines on high,
For the stars glittering in the sky -
For these and everything we see,
O Lord our hearts we lift to thee;
In everything give thanks!
Words of Encouragement
Poet: Edgar A. Guest
Gettin' together to smile an' rejoice,
An' eatin' an' laughin' with folks of your choice;
An' kissin' the girls an' declarin' that they
Are growin more beautiful day after day;
Chattin' an' braggin' a bit with the men,
Buildin' the old family circle again;
Livin' the wholesome an' old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.
Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother's a little bit grayer, that's all.
Father's a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an' to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin' our stories as women an men.
Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we're grateful an' glad to be there.
Home from the east land an' home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an' best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We've come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an' be frank,
Forgettin' position an' station an' rank.
Give me the end of the year an' its fun
When most of the plannin' an' toilin' is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin' with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An I'll put soul in my Thanksgivin' prayers.
Poet: Greta Zwaan, © 1978
Oh, the splendour of the autumn when the shades of colour glow;
When the trees dressed in their glory stir up shadows to and fro.
When the twilight sun is sinking, dusk embraces Mother Earth;
What a joy to catch the splendour, moments of unmeasured worth.
Stop a while and ponder nature, thank the Lord for all you see;
For our use and for their beauty, God created every tree.
A Special Day
Poet: Julie Hebert
Thanksgiving is a special day,
A day we give our thanks.
For all the people in our lives,
And the money in our banks.
Thanksgiving is a special day,
A day we share the joy.
We come before a lavish meal,
One we quite enjoy.
Thanksgiving is a special day,
Togetherness, all families the same.
Time spent in happiness,
We may even plan a game.
But most importantly Thanksgiving,
Is a day to remember.
Be grateful for all you have all year,
January straight through to December.
"Display, a life full of gratitude, and remember to give thanks each day."
Poet: Henry Coyle
Father, we lift our thankful hearts to Thee
With gratitude, for all Thy bounty free,
For love, and friends, for home, for faith's pure light,
For health, for harvest store, for rest at night -
For every blessing showered from above -
Bestowed on us unstinted, by Thy Love
And thoughtful care; O hear us, as we pray,
Father in heaven, this Thanksgiving day.
Watch over us, be Thou our Stay and Guide,
Thro' day and night; guard us from sinful pride,
For we are human, weak and prone to wrong,
And by Thy grace alone are we made strong.
Give us our dally bread, our wants supply,
And touch our hearts that we may not deny
The widow and the orphan of their share
Of what we have - relieve their want and care.
O grant that we may keep Thy law, and live
A Christian life; our enemies forgive;
That we may love our neighbor, work for peace.
That so Thy glory may on earth increase.
"Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life.
Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have."
Poet: Julie Hebert
The days we do give thanks,
We are grateful for what we were given.
The house, our family and friends,
And what waits for us in Heaven.
But there are more than the eye sees,
And more we should give thanks.
Our lives are more than people and objects,
Their more than what's in the banks.
Have you ever thought,
What it would be like.
To live in a world of anguish,
A world full of strife?
Be thankful for your surrounds,
The safety to walk down the street.
The schools and abilities to learn,
And the food we sit down to eat.
God Deserves The Credit
Poet: Greta Zwaan, © 2010
I have a goodly heritage, the blessings flow my way;
Great beauty, peace and majesty are granted me each day.
There's peace of mind and peace of heart and freedom in my land,
Not brought through what I have achieved, not by the will of man.
These are the gifts passed on from God, not something I have earned,
But grace and mercy touched God's heart, which man cannot discern.
Why should my God, a holy God, pay mind to lowly me?
While others are afflicted and longing to be free?
This land of grace, my Canada, that shines from coast to coast,
United Nations claims it's first! And, oh how we do boast!
Should not the credit go to God who made all things from dust?
Who gently holds the universe, whose power we can trust?
Yet man-made laws have ruined so much, directing his own way,
Not heeding laws that God assigned, but setting things array.
Oh, God, have mercy, turn us back, that we might seek Your face,
Forgive us for our wayward life, extend once more Your grace.
Create in us awareness of what You'd have us do,
Help us to recognize the fact that we owe all to You.
The key to being a wonderful writer is not to write. You just get out of the way.
Leave room for God to walk in the room. And when I write something that I know is right,
I get on my knees and say 'thank you.'
Poet: Wilhelmina Stitch
Thank God for this!
That once again we are alive to greet the spring;
To smell the earth, fresh-washed with rain
To watch each little growing thing;
And, watching, feel each bud and leaf
Are symbols of the death of grief.
To think we're privileged to see laburnum's graceful gold cascade;
The pink and white fragility of dainty springtime's hill and glade;
And seeing, feel desire to praise
The Source of all these beauteous days.
Thank God for this!
That we can feel a burgeoning within the heart;
That springtime has the power to heal the wound of grief,
Its pain and smart;
Reveal a new and friendly earth where blossom joy and cheer and mirth.
Thank God for this!
We see His face framed in the loveliness of spring,
We see the workings of His grace in every little growing thing.
We see His face, we hear His voice
Bidding all downcast souls rejoice.
"This most of all is the message of Thanksgiving:
Everything really will be all right."
Sam Sifton, Thanksgiving
The ABC's of Thanksgiving
Although things are not perfect;
Because of trail or pain;
Continue in Thanksgiving;
Do not begin to blame;
Even when the times are hard;
Fierce winds are bound to blow;
God is forever able;
Hold on to what you know;
Imagine life without His love;
Joy would cease to be;
Keep thanking Him for all the things;
Love imparts to thee;
Move out of "Camp complaining";
No weapon that is known;
On earth can yield the power;
Praise can do alone;
Quit looking at the future;
Redeem the time at hand;
Start every day with worship;
To "thank" is a command;
Until we see Him coming;
Victorious in the sky;
We'll run the race with gratitude;
Xalting God most high;
Yes, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad; but . . .
Zion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!
Poet: Eldred Herbert
When I go to bed and cannot sleep,
I don't waste time by counting sheep;
I count all my blessings, one by one,
From the early morn tiill the settling sun;
The day so new, the sunrise so clear,
I started my day with thankful prayer;
Thanked God for husband and children two,
Freckled-face boy, girl with eyes of blue.
Thanked God for ability to work,
And from life's battle I did not shirk;
I thanked Him for guidance through the day,
He is my Buckler from tempter's sway.
And when I was tempted to be rude,
I turned to my Lord in solitude;
His strength sufficient, my soul restored,
Just one more blessing from the Lord.
When day is done and I lay in bed,
I feel God's blessing upon me spread.
If you are restless and cannot sleep,
Just count your blessing's instead of sheep;
You will find the solitude is right,
You will feel His presence in the night;
Then rest shall come, repose in sleep,
When you count blessings instead of sheep.
What Am I Really Thankful For?
Poet: Greta Zwaan, © 1979
What am I really thankful for? Abundant supply, enough and more?
A warm, cozy home with carpeted floor? Safety behind the lock on my door?
Oh, yes, I admit I take comfort in these: the joys of my life, the pleasures, the ease.
I’m happy for freedom to do as I please, attend social evening and afternoon teas.
Consider the fact that I've worked to obtain, through the strength of my body, material gain.
I accomplished great things, I did it with strain, sometimes with heartache and even with pain.
But I've carved for myself a name that is known, important position, esteem that has grown.
Perhaps, in the process I've trampled a few who could not decipher the tricks that I knew,
Some gullible men who trusted my word, they accepted my plans and all that they heard.
But when you consider the gains that I've made, I can't stop to worry or go to their aid.
We all know the saying, "Look out for your own," so I'm my own maker, a fact that's well known.
Perhaps in the future I'll ease off a bit, but now is the time to "get all you can get.'
Maybe tomorrow I’ll think about God, and even consider His staff and His rod.
Someone once told me He created the earth, upholds and sustains it, and gave all things birth.
I'm really not certain that that could be true; I do believe that your life's up to you.
If God is creator and all man is His, then why do I struggle just to find bliss?
I’ve worked since my childhood to get what I craved, to find satisfaction from earnings I’ve saved.
I'm still not content, there's got to be more - the end of the rainbow, that faraway shore.
I'll keep on achieving and persevere through; it's my only solution, that's all I can do.
If you find a method that’s better than mine, I wish you would tell me or write me a line.
A way of rejoicing, for peace and contentment; a satisfied heart and no more resentment.
I've not much time left for I'm climbing in years, and as I grow older I'm discovering fears:
Fears of tomorrow, of things that might be; if you have the answer then help set me free.
I've no other method, I've no other way, but if you can help me, then help me TODAY!!
Poet: James Whitcomb Riley, 1849 - 1916
Let us be thankful - not only because
Since last our universal thanks were told
We have grown greater in the world’s applause,
And fortune's newer smiles surpass the old -
But thankful for all things that come as alms
From out the open hand of Providence: -
The winter clouds and storms - the summer calms -
The sleepless dread - the drowse of indolence.
Let us be thankful - thankful for the prayers
Whose gracious answers were long, long delayed,
That they might fall upon us unawares,
And bless us, as in greater need we prayed.
Let us be thankful for the loyal hand
That love held out in welcome to our own,
When love and only love could understand
The need of touches we had never known.
Let us be thankful for the longing eyes
That gave their secret to us as they wept,
Yet in return found, with a sweet surprise,
Love's touch upon their lids, and, smiling, slept.
And let us, too, be thankful that the tears
Of sorrow have not all been drained away,
That through them still, for all the coming years,
We may look on the dead face of To-day.
Poet: Greta Zwaan, © 2014
The summer sun has weakened, its rays no longer strong;
The leaves have changed their colors; it's fall before too long.
The trees have become barren; the wind removed their clothes;
Forlorn they stand there naked, reflecting on their woes.
In spring they're rich with blossoms, their fragrance fills the air;
Proud sentinels, like soldiers, they move and sway with flair.
Their summer fruit is plenteous, their boughs bent down with weight;
Delicious, sun-drenched offerings, the quality first rate!
Then comes the fall, the harvest, the fruit is gathered in;
The trees have done their duty, they've served their land again.
But now they're not producing, they'll have a well-earned rest;
And mankind might applaud them; they've done their very best.
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Showing appreciation for all the good that you have in life is something that is always on trend. Perspective is everything in life, and if you are truly grateful for your family, friends, and all the good around you, the rest is easy!
We all want to be appreciated, but are we also expressing our appreciation in return?
This is such an important part of our relationships with others, and in both them and ourselves knowing what they mean to us, or how we mean to them.
These gratitude quotes on appreciation will motivate you to either express your appreciation for others or to identify what we have been lacking and need to hear often.
Let them inspire you to be thankful for life, love, family, and friends.
Below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and thoughtful gratitude quotes, gratitude sayings, and gratitude proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.
Gratitude Quotes About Life
Here are some inspirational gratitude quotes about life.
1.) “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
2.) “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes gain.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
3.) “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ― Oprah Winfrey
4.) “The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” ― Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die
5.) “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
6.) “Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” ― Hunter S. Thompson
7.) “At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
8.) “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” ― Mark Twain
9.) “Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
10.) “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!” ― Mae West
Inspirational Gratitude quotes about friends
11.) “What I’m not sure about, is if our lives have been so different from the lives of the people we save. We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we’ve lived through, or feel we’ve had enough time.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
12.) “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love — then make that day count!” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being
13.) “Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.” ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
14.) “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.” ― Alice Walker, The Color Purple
15.) “My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.” [The Science of Second-Guessing (New York Times Magazine Interview, December 12, 2004)]” ―Stephen Hawking
16.) “Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure:
Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart. Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable.
Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions? So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.” ― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
17.) “It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
18.) “Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.” ― W.H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand
19.) “It’s funny, but have you ever noticed that the more special something is, the more people seem to take it for granted? It’s like they think it won’t ever change. Just like this house here. All it ever needed was a little attention, and it would never have ended up like this in the first place.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Wedding
20.) “The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
21.) “This place was truly the highest and the lowest of all worlds – the most beautiful senses, the most exquisite emotions…the most malevolent desires, the darkest deeds. Perhaps it was meant to be so. Perhaps without the lows, the highs could not be reached.” ― Stephenie Meyer, The Host
Gratitude Quotes About Appreciating Our Life
22.) “Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
23.) “In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued.”(From a speech read on video on August 31, 1995 before the NGO Forum on Women, Beijing, China)” ― Aung San Suu Kyi
24.) “Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr., Life’s Little Instruction Book: 511 Suggestions, Observations, and Reminders on How to Live a Happy and Rewarding Life
25.) “The problem that we have with a victim mentality is that we forget to see the blessings of the day. Because of this, our spirit is poisoned instead of nourished.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
26.) “Every one of my fans is so special to me.” ― Justin Bieber, First Step 2 Forever
27.) “Be happy with who you are and what you do, and you can do anything you want.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
28.) “If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom, and find the blessing in every curse.” ― Anthon St. Maarten, Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny
29.) “Those who have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Gratitude quotes about being thankful
Be inspired by these gratitude quotes about being thankful.
30.) “Ten long trips around the sun since I last saw that smile, but only joy and thankfulness that on a tiny world in the vastness, for a couple of moments in the immensity of time, we were one.” ― Ann Druyan
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We are so incredibly grateful to have such a caring and compassionate student community in the areas we work. These kids give so selflessly of themselves with hopes of making the lives of our Shining Stars kids just that much better.
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