From the Archives: Giving Thanks
Reprinted from November 2007:
This month I thought I would focus on “giving thanks.” At Heartwood, we all gather around the food, hold hands, acknowledge the cooks, and introduce the guests. One of the cooks leads us in a blessing or a moment of silence.
Here are a few favorites:
The silver rain. The golden sun. The fields where scarlet poppies run.
And all the ripples of the wheat are in the food that we do eat.
So when we sit for every meal and we say grace we always feel that we are eating rain and sun and fields where scarlet poppies run.
This one is Ben and Charlie’s favorites (two of the community’s little blond balls of energy, ages 8 and 10):
Thank you for this food, this food, this glorious, glorious food.
And the animals, and the vegetables and the minerals that make it possible.
(It loses something without the tune but if you give me a call, I’ll sing it to you.)
Thank you for this food before us.
Thank you for the friends beside us.
Thank you for the love between us.
I hope you all have a Thanksgiving full of good food, fun and friendship.
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