Glory of the Lord: Enunciation of Thanks

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In my often cyclical faith life (revolving around struggle, crisis, resolution, and peace), I couple final resolution and peace with thanks. There has never been a resolution that does not, in some way, incorporate thanks to God for the strength, wisdom, and faith to see a crisis through to new understanding. A lifting up from part two, part three of “Glory of the Lord” is a profound and joyful recognition of the deep gratitude I have always had for the gifts given to me by God. And, as often married to resolution of crisis, it incorporates a somewhat-strange articulation for thanks of even the less-than-desirables in my life. Continuing in the mold of call and response (with the celebrant assuming the role of Christ and the congregation as the faithful), this part is the reminder that there is always much blessing and constant reason to give thanks to God.

Here, then, is part three of “Glory of the Lord,” The Enunciation of Thanks:

P. Have we not grace?
R. My Lord, we have grace!
P. Are we not blessed?
R. My Lord, we are blessed!
P. Have we not joy?
R. My Lord, we are joyful!
P. Speak then: What is your thanks?

R. For the winds and the sun; for the sands and the stars; for all manner of nature, born and engendered.

P. What is your thanks?

R. For the trials of the weary and the hope of the lost; for the promise of wisdom and lives lived in courage.

P. What is your thanks?

R. For the gracious and winsome; for the bitter and bold; for the curious and craven; for daughters and sons.

P. What is your thanks?

R. For the end of long lives; for the laughter of infants; for the love of a lover; for the sorrow of hearts.

P. What is your thanks?

R. For renewal and wedlock; for crisis and calm; for cries of the suffering and tears of the holy.

P. What is your thanks?

R. For this day and the morrow; for the past and the future; for the moments of Yours, now and forever.

P. I have heard you, my Sons and my Daughters. Have you not grace?
R. My Lord, we have grace!
P. Are you not blessed?
R. My Lord, we are blessed!
P. Have you not joy?
R. My Lord, we are joyful!

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