Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Joy Accompanied Me As I Walked (Thanksgiving Meditations and Prayers) …

A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked ... — Anais Nin from The Quotable Anais Nin (Diary 4)   The Place I Want To Get… Continue reading Joy Accompanied Me As I Walked (Thanksgiving Meditations and Prayers) …

Prayers

One Heart Grace (Grace Before Meals) …

As we make ready to eat this food we remember with gratitude the many people, tools, animals, and plants, air and water, sky and earth, turned in the wheel of living and dying, whose joyful exertion provide our sustenance this day. May we with the blessing of this food join our hearts to the one… Continue reading One Heart Grace (Grace Before Meals) …

Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 16: A Season of Mercy and Love …

The word kindness has a gentle sound that seems to echo the presence of compassionate goodness. When someone is kind to you, you feel understood and seen. There is no judgment or harsh perception directed toward you. Kindness has gracious eyes; it is not small-minded or competitive; it wants nothing back for itself. Kindness strikes… Continue reading Advent Day 16: A Season of Mercy and Love …

Prayers

Grace for Thanksgiving Celebrations …

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… Continue reading Grace for Thanksgiving Celebrations …

Quotes

Feeding the Soul’s Longing for Life …

[As] you eat, know that you are feeding more than just a body. You are feeding the soul's longing for life, its timeless desire to learn the lessons of earthly existence — love and hate, pleasure and pain, fear and faith, illusion and truth — through the vehicle of food. Ultimately, the most important aspect… Continue reading Feeding the Soul’s Longing for Life …

Prayers

Blessing Prayer (For Children) …

We pray for children who sneak popsicles before supper, who erase holes in math workbooks, who can never find their shoes. And we pray for those who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire, who can't bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers, who never "counted potatoes," who are born in places… Continue reading Blessing Prayer (For Children) …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Thanksgiving Prayer (Family and Fellowship) …

Heavenly Father we meet together your people one people your family bound together with the woven chord that binds all of creation together fashioned from your love. Brothers and sisters children together One family in fellowship with you, its Heavenly Father. May this be a time of joy a time for growing a time for… Continue reading Thanksgiving Prayer (Family and Fellowship) …

Prayers, Seasons

Grace Before Christmas Dinner …

God of all gifts, we thank you for the many ways you have  blessed us this day.  We are grateful for each of those who are gathered around this table.  We ask you to bless us and our food, and to bless those we love who are not with us today.  In our gratitude and… Continue reading Grace Before Christmas Dinner …

Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Christmas Prayer …

Loving God, help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with… Continue reading Christmas Prayer …