THE STAFF OF LIFE
us this day our daily bread,
dear Lord of Harvests and God of Plenty.
also enlighten us and guide us
in creating good nutrition for people,
especially children, and the aged, across
the earth the earth, so that all may thrive
and grow in good health.
Help us bring forth upon the land
the perfection of Your kingdom on earth.
enlighten those who live
in the "developed nations," to create
food without poisoning the environment for others.
Please, dear God, hold back famine,
hold back floods and untimely frosts,
hold back the molds and insects
which sometimes blight our crops.
Lord, guide all nations and peoples to consume
food reasonably, and to refrain from excess.
those who live in the "undeveloped nations"
to find better ways to till the soil and grow
Please make harvests richly abundant, especially
in lands where agriculture is now insufficient
to nourish all the people who need to eat
and to feed their children.
us how to share, and how to eradicate hunger
no infant will be malnourished
and no child must go to sleep
with an empty stomach.
help us to fully and successfully
meet Your admonition to "Feed the hungry."
Please teach those who have, not to
but to give generously to those who have
not, the sustenance to survive.
of Life, please feed the tiniest children
so that they may grow sturdy and strong and
live long to take up Your work, especially
in impoverished lands.
those of us who have too much learn
how to care and share, and how to save the lives
of those who have too little.
this I pray to You,
God of Harvests,
God of Plenty,
God of Gifts,
God of us All.
2011 Donn B. Murphy
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