Morning Prayers of Gratitude

Nov 12, 2023

As the weekend “A Happy Heart in Gratitude” Women’s Retreat comes to a close today, we offer the following morning prayers that retreat presenter, Paula Jilanis, shared with the guests. May you feel deep gratitude for all of God’s gifts in your life this morning!


Awakeningsunrise, morning meditation

in a moment of peace

I give thanks

to the source of all peace

as I set forth

into the day

the birds sing

with new voices

and I listen

and give thanks.

~Harriet Kofalk


Waking up this morning, I see the blue sky

I join my hands in thanks for the many wonders of life:

For having twenty-four brand new hours.

The sun is rising on the forest

And so is my awareness.

~Thich Nhat Hanh


I thank You God for most this amazing

Day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

And a blue true dream of sky; and for everything

Which is natural which is infinite which is yes.

~E.E. Cummings


For the freshness of this new day

Thanks be to you, O God.

For morning’s gift of clarity

Its light like the first day’s dawn

Thanks be to you.

In this newborn light

Let us see afresh.

In this gateway onto what has never been before

Let our soul breathe hope

For the earth

For the creatures

For the human family.

Let our soul breathe hope.

~John Philip Newell