A note from the author: “Celtic Christians acknowledged God’s presence in every aspect of living—from waking to sleeping, from birth to death, from mundane chores to momentous celebrations. They perceived God’s creation as a holy gift. Gratitude characterized their way of being as they affirmed the source of life and gave thanks through blessings.”
With grateful thanks
We receive the bounty of this earth.
Giver of plenty,
You are the source of
Plants and meat,
Milk and herbs,
Clean water and safe homes.
Bless this harvest,
Its beautiful colors.
Bless this bounty,
Its nourishing substance.
Bless the livestock
And those who keep them.
Bless the farmers, the workers,
The gleaners, far and near.
Bless the hungry,
Those who have no homes,
Those displaced by drought or violence.
Give succor to the people in their need.
Bless this world and all its creatures.
All that we are,
All that we have,
Are gifts of your creation.
—Beth A. Richardson, Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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The earth has yielded its harvest. God blesses us—our God blesses us!
—Psalm 67:6 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
(From a prayer attributed to Saint Patrick)
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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