Inspiration for your Day

TODAY'S THEME: Food, Glorious Food!


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Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the universe
who feeds the whole world with
Your goodness, grace, kindness and mercy.
You give food to all flesh,
for Your kindness is forever.
Through your great goodness,
food has never failed us:
may it never fail us,
for the sake of Your great Name,
for You nourish and sustain all beings,
and do good to all,
and provide food for all Your creatures
whom you have created.
Blessed are You, O Lord,
who gives food to all.

Jewish grace after meals

O Lord of the universe
Please accept all this food
It was given by you
Let it be of service to all
Only you can bless it.

Bhagavad Gita (5th century BC)


Blessed are you, Lord.
You have fed us from our earliest days;
you give food to every living creature.
Fill our hearts with joy and delight.
Let us always have enough
and something to spare for works of mercy
in honor of Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Through him may glory, honor
and power be yours forever.

Anonymous (4th century)

(from "Jesus Dines With the Pharisees" banquet in
"Cooking With the Bible: Biblical Food, Feasts and Lore"
by Anthony R. Chiffolo and Rayner W. Hesse Jr., Greenwood Press)

1 lb. creamy sheep's or goat's milk cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup honey, slightly warm
6 tablespoons sugar
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ground cinnamon, divided
1 (9-inch) pie crust, frozen or fresh
Powdered sugar
Fresh seasonal berries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine the cheese with the honey and mix well.
3. Add the sugar, eggs and vanilla and toss in a bit of cinnamon
4. Bake in the pie crust for 30-35 minutes. Best served warm.
5. Just before serving, sprinkle with a touch of cinnamon mixed
with powdered sugar. Top with fresh berries.


I am sorry I had to kill thee, Little Brother,
But I had need of thy meat.
My children were hungry and crying for food.
Forgive me, Little Brother.
I will do honor to thy courage, thy strength,
and thy beauty.
See, I will hang thine horns on this tree.
I will decorate them with red streamers
Each time I pass, I will remember thee and
do honor to thy spirit.
I am sorry I had to kill thee.
Forgive me, Little Brother.
See, I smoke to thy memory,
I burn tobacco.

American Indian prayer


First, let us reflect on our own work
and the effort of those who brought us this food.
Secondly, let us be aware of the quality of our deeds
as we receive this meal.
Thirdly, what is most essential
is the practice of mindfulness
which helps us transcend greed, anger, and delusion,
Fourthly, we appreciate this food
which sustains the good health of our body and mind.
Fifthly, in order to continue our practice for all beings
we accept this offering

Zen Buddhist prayer


O God, you have formed heaven and earth;
You have given me all the goods
that the earth bears!
Here is your part, my God.
Take it!

Prayer of the Pygmies of Zaire


Be present at our table, Lord,
Be here and everywhere adored
Thy creatures bless, and grant that we
May feast in Paradise with Thee.

John Wesley (1703-1791)

If beings knew, as I know, the result of giving and sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would they allow the stain of meanness to obsess them and take root in their minds. Even if it were their last morsel, their last mouthful, they would not enjoy eating without having shared it, if there were someone to share it with.

Teachings of Buddha (5th century, BC)


And now, the Last Word:

Whatever therefore ye eat,
or drink, or whatsoever ye do,
Do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31



































Bonus quote:
Computers are useless.
They can only give you answers.

Pablo Picasso


































On today's site:

-You give food to all

-Only You can bless food

-You have fed us

-A Biblical Recipe!

-I am sorry
(American Indian)

-We appreciate this food
(Zen Buddhist)

-Be present at our table, Lord
(John Wesley)

-Sharing our food
(The Buddha)

And The Last Word:
1 Corinthians