Quotables: Thanksgiving Grace Everyday

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

If you’re looking for a short but sweet grace to say before your meal, here are a few options.  Hopefully one of these will speak to the hearts and minds gathered at your table no matter what faith or faiths are being practiced.  I hope as you read through these, you consider how fortunate we are every time we sit down to a meal, and perhaps these can be adopted in your home for everyday use.   Happy Holidays!


A Buddhist Grace

I offer this
To the Teacher
Higher than any other
The precious Buddha


I offer this
To the protection
Higher than any other
The precious Dharma


I offer this
To the guides
Higher than any other
The precious Sangha


I offer this
To the places of refuge
To the Three Jewels
Rare and supreme

Thanksgiving

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Aztec Prayer of Thanksgiving, ca 1500’s

Lord most giving and resourceful
I implore you
Make it your will
That this people enjoy
The goods and riches you naturally give,
That naturally issue from you,
That are pleasing and savory,
That delight and comfort,
Though lasting but briefly,
Passing away as if in a dream.

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