One example of a short Thanksgiving Day Prayer is "Come, Lord Jesus, Be our guest, And let Thy gifts to us Be blessed. Amen." This prayer is suitable for saying before mealtime.
Thanksgiving prayers can also be specified for adults and children. An example of a short prayer that expresses a parent's gratitude for children is "Thank you for our children. / Bless them with your love and peace, / Protect them with your truth and strength, / Engage them with your hope and vision. / Thank you for our children. / Amen."
Another example of a short Thanksgiving Day prayer is "For each new morning with its light, / For rest and shelter of the night, / For health and food, / For love and friends, / For everything Thy goodness sends." This is actually a poem titled "Thanksgiving" by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Emerson was an American poet and philosopher who also wrote essays on his beliefs and values. He became a leader of the Transcendentalist movement during the 1830s. The writers of the American Transcendentalist group believed that individuals have the power to transcend the physical world and enter into the realm of spiritual experience. They thought of God as a power that could be understood by looking within and connecting with nature. Some of his well known essays are "Nature," "Self Reliance" and "The American Scholar."