Wednesday, November 25, 2009


"O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness."
~ William Shakespeare


We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
which sustains us,
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes,
which give us life.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air,
has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
Iroquois Prayer
"God has two dwellings; one in heaven
and the other in a meek and thankful heart."
~ Izaak Walton


inadvertent farmer said...

Oh my that is a good post! Love the final quote...thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Joey, Kim

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful prayer, Joey -- many blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving!

Victoria said...

Hi Joey..wonderful and beautiful post as always!Enjoy many holiday blessings!

Unknown said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Joey! The words of this prayer are so beautiful that I'm going to add it to my collection.

Carol said...

Every word in this post is moving and universal. Thank you Joey for sharing all... especially the Iroquois Prayer. Peace and thanksgiving to you and yours. Carol

joey said...

Holiday blessings, Kiki. Thank you ... it's been a Thanksgiving gift knowing you :)

Thanks Nancy ... I'm so thankful for many things, one being our friendship :)

Thank you, Kim ... I so enjoy connecting and seeing life through your keen/clever eyes ;)

I'm touched, Kanak, and thank you. I love this prayer that touches many souls. Through across the miles, we all are connected :)

Indeed a universal prayer, dear Carol. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.

marmee said...

love this post with such great words of wisdom from the prayer and the quotes.
have a happy and blessed day of giving thanks.

Gail said...

Thinking of you Joey and hoping you're surrounded by loving friends and family...Happy Thanksgiving. gail

Anonymous said...

Blessing Joey...and another Happy Thanksgiving to you. I'm about to start the mad dash of last minute cooking before I stuff the family ;) Big hugs to one of my very favorite friends.

Shady Gardener said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Joey! May you feel the love and support of all your family and friends. Count on your blogging friends for warm thoughts and prayers. :-)

Unknown said...

The Iroquois prayer is wonderful! Thank you for sharing it!

Sweet Home and Garden Carolina said...

Dear Joey,

How wonderful is the Iroquois prayer. Without our Native Americans , we wouldn't be here today. As the first gardeners they showed the Settlers how to sustain their life by gardening. We need to remember our history and give thanks to those who helped create it.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

joey said...

Thank you, dear Marmee ~ my day, as I know your must have been, was a true Thanksgiving!

Know your day must have filled your heart with glee as mine did, dear Gail. Time with our children is 'as good as it gets'!

Anna, amazed at all that you accomplish, I'm blessed to know you. On this day of thanksgiving, I thank you for our shared moments together. Hugs, dear friend.

Shady, you are always a joy! Do hope your Thanksgiving with kiddies warmed your November heart! Thank you for your support and friendship :)

Hi Tim and thank you ~ fun to see a new face :)

So true, dear Carolyn. These are 2 faces that I wear. One of the treasured old pics is at my home here (my native American heritage) and one old print at the lake (my husband's pilgrim heritage). I loved the melding of the 2 photos on the 1st Thanksgiving :) Thank you for commenting ... I am blessed and thankful for knowing you :)

Meems said...

Dear Joey,
A very happy Thanksgiving holiday to you and your family. Warmest wishes and thankfulness for your friendship. Prayers and hugs, Meems

Marysol said...

You continue to be in our thoughts Joey. Many hugs.


joey said...

... and to you, dear Meems. I too feel blessed knowing you :) I do believe birthday wishes are in order ... oh, Happy Day :)

Thanks dear Marysol ... you know how I love (((HUGS)) that are returned your way :)