Mealtime Prayers: Connecting with the Earth
Growing a garden with my children has taught me a lot of things, but first and foremost it has taught me how important connecting with our food is. It is the most important gift the earth gives to us – the gift of life.
At mealtime, not only do we thank the Earth Mother in general for giving us the food that sustains our lives; but we make time to specifically thank each being that went into the creation of our meal. It becomes a chant of sorts, especially if there are a lot of ingredients For a simple cheese pizza, it would go something like this:
Thank you, wheat, for your gift.
With this food that You have grown,
In this way, even the littlest children at the table are constantly reminded of just where their food is coming from, and are able to begin building an understanding of how the earth gives life to all.