We are thankful for our family and friends and what we mean and bring to one another. We are grateful for the bonds of loyalty and affection which sustain us and keep us close to one another no matter how far apart we may be.
We thank you for implanting in us a deep need for each other, and for giving us the capacity to love and to care.
Help us to be modest in our demands of one another, but generous in our giving to each other. May we never measure how much love or encouragement we offer; may we never count the times we forgive. Rather, may we always be grateful that we have one another and that we are able to express our love in acts of kindness.
Keep us gentle in our speech. When we offer words of criticism, may they be spoken with care and said softly. May we waste no opportunity to speak words of sympathy, of appreciation, of praise.
Bless our family and our community of loved one with health, happiness, and contentment. Above all, grant us the wisdom to build a joyous and peaceful home in which the awareness of Your presence will always abide.
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