Pray with your food


By Frank Wessling

Consider picky eaters of the world, folks like us, nearly overwhelmed with choices from fat- and sodium-filled fast foods to cornucopias of fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and fish laid out for us in stores and outdoor farmers’ markets. Do we realize how rich we are? Do our children realize that?
With the Midwest drought continuing to threaten our easy access to cheap food in the future, it’s time to raise our consciousness of what we have. Let’s especially be more intentional as we eat meals at home. Here’s a possible prayer for that. Don’t hurry with it: it’s not fast food prayer. Pause at the end of each statement.
Loving God, we thank you for this food…
Give us the grace of gratitude
for this table and all that it holds….
Bless those who planted and those who
all that sustains our bodies….
As we satisfy our hunger here,
may we not forget our call to follow
in meeting all the hungers of the world….

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