Friday, December 31, 2010

A Year End Grace

A friend, Roger Ludwig, wrote this grace which he shared with retreatants at Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Virginia, before one of our meals this week...

We thank you, God --
you who are both father and mother to us
and more than we can say or conceive --

We thank you for being with us always,
though we forget often
and are only dimly aware
most of the time
of your presence.

We thank you for sustaining us
and working with us
to help us grow toward freedom,
the freedom to love each other
as you love us.

In a world full of hunger,
both physical and spiritual,
you nourish us.
Body and soul, mind and heart --
we owe our whole being to you
the source of all that is.

So we thank you.


1 comment:

  1. Thank you! At 12, 45 am January 1, 2011 a sleepless reader not because of Champaign or party favors, quietly at home with a cold ridden wife and a stomach ache for having eaten too many teddy bear ginger crackers, at the wrong hour and wrong age while watching TV.
    Thank you Roger. You put it simply and truly.
    No more needs to be said. Often we forget, indeed…still, we remain at His/Her mercy and loving care.