For the seed and the soil,

The rain and the sun,

For the hands who touched, nurtured, harvested,

We give you thanks.


For the families that gather,

The ones who hunger,

The lonely people who eat by themselves,

We ask your blessing.


For this food and drink,

This plate and bowl,

These walls that protect me,

We bow in humble gratitude.


All that we have,

All that we are,

All that we will be,

Are gifts of yours,

Creator of the universe,

Creator of all of us.


Adapted from Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings. © 2016 Beth A. Richardson. Used with permission of Upper Room Books.

Inspired by the ancient form of prayer practiced by the Celtic people, Beth Richardson offers a multitude of short prayers—blessings—that embrace every aspect of daily life.

Beth is Director of Prayer and Upper Room Worship Life. She serves as a deacon at Edgehill United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

A native Oklahoman, she enjoys liturgy, music, and photography. Beth is the author of two Advent books—Child of the Light and The Uncluttered Heart. Her latest book is Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings.

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