Prayer Before Service

Bless these hands . . . (Photo: Louis Demeure)

BEFORE my guests arrive this night, dear Lord,

Calm my mind and sharpen my focus,
Help me to be swift without being sloppy,
Detailed without being painstaking,

Precise without being slow.

Watch over me and guide me throughout the evening
In my cooking, my plating, my thoughts, my intentions,
Guide my tongue and my conversations—

That they may fill the home with grace and gracefulness.

Bless these hands that they may cook their best,
Bless this stove that it may fire up good energy,
Bless this table for bringing people together,

And bless this food that it may nourish and delight.


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