We have meaningful words and prayers that we share together in worship each Sunday. Do you look for words or prayer in the daily routines? I recently learned about a book, Every Moment Holy (Douglas McKelvey). It shares prayers and responsive liturgies that can be used in all kinds of situations. It guided me in a way I hadn't thought of to pray in situations where I may not have thought to do so. It has also been a guide for times when I'm not sure of the words to pray during a situation or season.
One part that I'll share with you today is Thursday's Table Blessing.
Leader: O King of Joys Eternal, today we praise you for small wonders;
All Gathered: in them we see your delight.
For birds that thrill and warble their worship,
for the verdant witness of windblown leaves,
and of starlight sparkling, and of sunlit streams,
and of blooming flowers,
We praise you, O King.
Your joy is everywhere manifest,
even in the smallest things.
We praise you, O King,
for soft beds and blankets,
for stories and songs,
for kisses and kindnesses.
Your tenderness is displayed in all things nurturing.
Your mercy is manifest in the details of this world, O Lord.
Your grace is worked into every corner of creation,
Your care is evident in the fabric of created things,
even in the pleasurable and nourishing properties of this meal.
For this food and for all small wonders,
we give thinks and we give you praise, O God. Amen.
As you share your next meal with someone, tell of something you have paused to appreciate as you enjoyed the small wonders of this week.
"You make grass grow for the livestock, hay for the animals that plow the ground. Oh yes, God brings grain from the land, wine to make people happy, their faces glowing with health, a people well-fed and hearty." Psalm 104:14-15
If you're interested in seeing a few other prayers from this resource, you can visit this website for the book and they share a few of them free to download.