When there are no humans around, a good book makes an excellent substitute companion. It accompanies you in your solitude, tells you stories, makes you laugh and cry, gives you good ideas, advice, and inspiration, and surprises you with little gifts. The following is one such surprise I received. It’s a little prayer I found – in a cookbook! – which sums up pretty neatly what I’m trying to do here at Maria’s Dinner Table.
An Ancient Country Prayer
(found in the kitchen of Glastonbury Abbey)
Give me a good digestion, Lord,
and also something to digest.
Give me a healthy body, Lord,
with sense to keep it at its best.
Give me a healthy mind, O Lord,
to keep the good and pure in sight,
which seeing wrong is not appalled
but finds a way to set it right.
Give me a mind that is not bored,
that does not whimper, whine, or sigh.
Don’t let me worry over-much
about that fussy thing called “I”.
Give me a sense of humour, Lord,
give me the grace to see a joke,
to get some happiness from life
and pass it on to other folk.