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As the day light grows shorter and the air grows chillier, we become more aware of the changing seasons of our lives. May we also remember, with gratitude, our connection with this precious planet, and with one another.

I’d like to share with you, two blessings from the beautiful writings of John O’Donohue. 

Blessings to you in this season of giving Thanks! 

Pastor Laurie

Posted on November 21, 2012

Grace Before Meals
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.

Grace After Meals
We end this meal with grace
For the joy and nourishment of food,
The slowed time away from the world
To come into presence with each other
And sense the subtle lives behind our faces,
The different colors of our voices,
The edges of hungers we keep private,
The circle of love that unites us.
We pray the wise spirit who keeps us
To change the structures that make others hunger
And that after such grace we might now go forth
And impart dignity wherever we partake.

— John O’Donohue from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

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