Giving Thanks

Thursday marks a day of thanks, when we all gather with family and friends to count our blessings and look to the future.

We also join in thoughtful prayer for those less fortunate and band together in charity to make our community a better and brighter place.

We at The Inter-Mountain wish all a healthy and happy holiday filled with family, food, fun and reflection. May your hearts be filled with good tidings and cheer on such a special day.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

God of all blessings,

source of all life,

giver of all grace:

We thank you for the gift of life:

for the breath

that sustains life,

for the food of this earth

that nurtures life,

for the love of family and friends

without which there would be no life.

We thank you for the mystery of creation:

for the beauty

that the eye can see,

for the joy

that the ear may hear,

for the unknown

that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder,

for the expanse of space

that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves.

We thank you for setting us in communities:

for families

who nurture our becoming,

for friends

who love us by choice,

for companions at work,

who share our burdens and daily tasks,

for strangers

who welcome us into their midst,

for people from other lands

who call us to grow in understanding,

for children

who lighten our moments with delight,

for the unborn,

who offer us hope for the future.

We thank you for this day:

for life

and one more day to love,

for opportunity

and one more day to work for justice and peace,

for neighbors

and one more person to love

and by whom be loved,

for your grace

and one more experience of your presence,

for your promise:

to be with us,

to be our God,

and to give salvation.

For these, and all blessings,

we give you thanks, eternal, loving God,

through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Adapted from “Prayers of Our Hearts” by Vienna Cobb Anderson

Giving Thanks

For more than 235 years, America’s armed forces have protected our borders and defended our many freedoms.

As Veterans Day nears, it is imperative to remember the sacrifices made by the men and women who have bravely and selflessly served this great country. Many of these individuals have paid the ultimate price.

The holiday season is particularly difficult for deployed soldiers, their families and veterans alike.

That is why it is all too important that we take pause and set aside just a few moments to brighten their day during this season of giving.

The American Red Cross has developed an amazing program to do just that – to give thanks.

The Holiday Mail for Heroes initiative provides greeting cards to active-duty soldiers and veterans during the Christmas season.

Each year, thousands of cards are collected between October and early December and then distributed at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations.

Card guidelines include:

– Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.

– Ensure all cards are signed.

– Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.

– Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.

– Do not include email or home addresses on the cards. The program is not meant to foster pen-pal relationships.

– Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos. These items will be removed during the reviewing process.

– Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate the health issues of ill and injured warriors.

– If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat-rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

– The deadline for submitting cards is Dec. 6.

The staff at The Inter-Mountain will participate in this noble endeavor, and we urge each and every one of our readers to do the same.

Often times, service members and veterans can be forgotten by many during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Now, more than ever, it is important that we give thanks and praise to those who have given us all so much.

Send cards to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456