Thanksgiving for the gift of life

O God, our Creator and the sustainer of our lives, we come to worship you. We are grateful for the privilege of living – for your gift of life with all its fascinations and laughter, it’s complexity and profundity and its moments of inexpressible joy. We thank you for life’s endless possibilities, opportunities to learn, to develop our talents and skills, to mature as people and to deepen our faith. We even remember with gratitude those hardships and griefs, duties, and mistakes which have made us the people we are. Forgive us when we have taken life too lightly, wasting our time and abilities and talents, and avoiding the challenges and responsibilities which would have helped us grow. Help us to be the best we can be, that we may live life as you intended – and so fulfil your purpose for ourselves and others that your kingdom may come. Amen