God, we give you thanks for birth and death
and everything precious in between:
time to be, time to become,
time that’s wasted, time that’s won,
bodies and souls, spirit and breath,
life and love, work and rest,
harvest and home, family and friends,
grace through it all from beginning to end.
Lord, make all of our living an exercise in thanksgiving:
in every step we take, every prayer we make,
every word we say, every hour of the day,
in everything we do, giving thanks to you. Amen.