Gratitude Prayer

As I take my first breaths this day, help me to realise that each breath is a sign of the life that you have given me and may I be thankful.

Some of my breaths today will be easy; I will breath in situations that are pleasing, enjoyable and consoling.

Some of my breaths today will be difficult; I will breathe in situations that are tense, worrying and confusing.

But breaths are breaths. Help me to keep breathing and help me to stay grateful for the gift of life I have within me for as long as I have it.

And help me to believe, dear God, that as I take my last breath in this life, I will begin to breathe anew in the next life, united with you and with all creation for eternity.

Thank you.