(Genesis 49:21)


We say grace

As an association with blessing

Bless our food, bless us

As we eat it

And as we use the nourishment

Singly and together


I was asked (selected) to

Share grace at family camp

Deer Valley, Pennsylvania

I wanted to say something grown-up

Over the microphone

But was told to say the childish

One we learned to say at dinner time

I was a child

So it was okay


Now I can’t recall which prayer

It was

Wait, here it is


Thank you for the world so sweet

Thank you for the food we eat

Thank you for the birds that sing

Thank you, God, for everything!

(a sibling can correct me)


What is the source for a proper


I don’t know; I don’t think I want to know

The source is childhood

And grace in remembering


C L Couch



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