As we begin this meal with grace,
Let us become aware of the memory
Carried inside the food before us:
The quiver of the seed
Awakening in the earth,
Unfolding in a trust of roots
And slender stems of growth,
On its voyage toward harvest,
The kiss of rain and surge of sun;
The innocence of animal soul
That never spoke a word,
Nourished by the earth
To become today our food;
The work of all the strangers
Whose hands prepared it,
The privilege of wealth and health
That enables us to feast and celebrate.
~ John O’Donohue
(To Bless the Space Between Us)
May your Thanksgiving be blessed with good chat and cheer
and the love of family and friends!
16 thoughts on “begin this meal with grace”
Happy Thanksgiving to you. A lovely poem to set the tone for the day.
Thank you, Ally! 🦃
Thank you, Barbara. May you be blessed today, too.
Thank you, Anna! 🦃
A lovely blessing. Wishing you a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving, Barbara!
Thank you, Eliza! 🦃
A lovely poem for a day of Thanksgiving.
Thank you, Peggy! 🦃
Thanks for sharing that, Barbara. Hope you had a lovely day and weekend.
You’re welcome, Liz! We did have a very good day with my sister and brother-in-law. 🦃
Such a lovely poem and nice sentiment by you to all of us. Hope your Thanksgiving Day was enjoyable.
Thank you, Linda! We had a very good day. 🦃
What a beautiful prayer! Hope you and yours had a lovely Thanksgiving, Barbara. Around here, we’re still stuffed, ha!
Thank you, Debbie! We did have a wonderful Thanksgiving with just enough leftovers to get us through the weekend. 😉 🦃
Wonderful prayer, Barbara. I hope your Thanksgiving Day was filled with good food, good laughter, and lots of love!
Thank you, Donna! It was full of all those things and then the next day we saw a large flock of wild turkeys on the roadside on our way home from getting our holiday tree. 🙂 🦃