As we enter the season of gratitude and generosity (two of my favorite ingredients for a happy life,) I offer you these excerpts from my book Simple Graces for every Meal, and a link to a list I once created on the Best Things in Life. Wishing you all lovely Thanksgivings, with many moments of love, appreciation, and peace. ~Ingrid
Such Blessings we receive!
Such gifts of grace!
If we have wandered from the path of gladness,
Point us back to Life!
Let us join together
In the sweetness of this hour
With full and thankful hearts;
Thoughtful and generous minds.
Divine Wisdom, Eternal Love,
Infinite Beauty, and Radiant Joy,
We humbly ask your blessings
On this and every day.
Let us savor our days,
as we savor this meal.
Let us linger to enjoy
the bounty of each season.
Let us live to declare
we find life itself delicious.
We are gathered together
in a circle of plenty,
a circle of love, and a circle of light.
With peaceful hearts, we welcome each other.
With grateful hearts, we give thanks.
We dedicate this gathering
to the nourishment of each other,
through good food, thoughtful listening,
loving words and grateful hearts.
May the light of this occasion
reach every corner of the earth.
Let the depth of our compassion
nourish all we meet
just as the bounty at this table
In our highest hopes
we see that the world is
one great family:
where it is possible that none go hungry,
where it is possible that justice, love, and health abound,
where it is possible that we may
never question our oneness.