A spiritual practice during the daily motion of our lives.
We all eat; that is essential to our survival. But, do we pause in this daily activity to take in the importance of food, company, shelter, divine presence in the midst of our ordinary, daily lives? Sometimes we may pause to say grace, to offer thanks, to say a prayer. But, in this blessing, John O’Donohue offers us something to reflect on after we have eaten.
Pause after a meal and digest not only your food, but also these words:
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.
from “To Bless the Space Between Us”
P.S. The picture above is a group of amazing people, my colleagues at PLIDA, who change the world every day through their caring and support for grieving people. I was grateful for my time with them after this meal, and I am grateful for them today, and every day.