Food for Life Table Grace

For all that we put in our bodies:
every morsel, crumb, piece,
every tidbit, chunk, mouthful–
thanks and praise to God!
Food is a miraculous delight.
Something solid is changed, who knows how,
into the swinging of an arm,
into our bodies bending and leaping.
The earth’s rich harvest 
is fodder for the body’s slow burn.
Thanks be to God for hunger, the quiet gnawing:
the blood talking to the brain
talking to the stomach:
the need for food,
the insistence of this wanting.
We are created to be like this,
desiring what we cannot live without.
God of grocery stores and markets,
God of farms and fields,
God you Great Provider,
each day our bodies meet you
in tabletop worship.
Humble thanks to a God who provides food 
for our body’s deepest hunger.

New Book Coming Soon!

Carol Penner has written a devotional book for Lent that explores the challenges of repentance and forgiveness. Forty reflections and prayers to deepen your walk with God as you prepare for Easter.  

You can order it here!

About Carol Penner

I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

I love to write and to lead worship! If you are finding my writing helpful, I would love to hear from you! Feel free to use or adapt the material here, it is all written by me. If printing material, please credit “Copyright Carol Penner” (and say whether you modified it). If publishing, please contact me for permission. Contact me at

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