Read Psalm 105:1-5

A writing by Francis of Assisi from The Earlier Rule.

 All-powerful, most holy,

Almighty and supreme God,

Holy and just Father,

Lord King of heaven and earth

We thank You for Yourself

For through Your holy will

And through Your only Son

With the Holy Spirit

You have created everything spiritual and corporal

And, after making us in Your own image and likeness,

You placed us in paradise.

It is hard to imagine that we are all created in the image of God. Our siblings, our parents, our teachers, even those annoying kids at the other lunch table. All created in the image of God. The truth is, we don’t always treat others like they are an image of God.

Is there someone in your life that you have recently taken for granted?  A parent that you don’t say thank you enough to?  A boyfriend or girlfriend you don’t always appreciate?  A best friend who does a lot for you?  Express words of gratitude to those people today.  Let them know that you appreciate everything they do for you and that you are thankful for them.  Journal about the experience.


Dear God, thank you for the saints in our lives who guide us through our journey of faith. Help us today as we seek forgiveness and express gratitude for the people in our lives.  Amen.