Main Content
Field at Table
Field at Table
Meditation

When I begin to bless this food
and close my eyes I lose myself
first just in green: how
do leaves grow themselves this
green and how do they
grow at all to be so large and
how do they make themselves from
soil which in itself is only brown and
sunlight helps and water but
how is the end of this, green? How
can I bless this food? It blesses me
Thank you, I say, for this bowl
which also is field, this green
which is meal before
I eat. Thank you, I say,
that this green becomes me.
Thank you for mysteries, this life.

About the Author

  • The Rev. Nancy Shaffer had a fist-sized tumor removed from her brain in June 2011. Over the months until her death a year later, she wrote While Still There Is Light: Writings from a Minister Facing Death , edited by Mary McKinnon Ganz (Skinner House, 2013). While Still There Is...

For more information contact worshipweb@uua.org.

Like, Share, Print, or Bookmark