Table Blessing for October


By Nancy Shaffer

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 Leah

Leah and her husband, Kevin Purcell, live in Albany. They have two grown daughters that were raised at Albany UU. Leah has served as DRE at Albany UU since 2007; before that she worked in both private and public schools. She served as Chair of the Seaway Chapter of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) and now serves on the LREDA Board.

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