Field at Table

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

Nancy Shaffer

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 Inst… in Joy: Meditations...

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Instructions in Joy Meditations

By Nancy Shaffer

From Skinner House Books

The 2002 inSpirit title. The inSpirit Series was previously known as the Meditation Manual Series.

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