Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Prayer for Saturday, October 20, 2012


“Give us this day our daily bread” is what your Son taught us to pray, O God. He did not instruct us to pray for food that goes beyond what we need.

He taught us to pray for the bread and the turkey that comprise the sandwich and not for the mayonnaise, mustard, and pickles that give the sandwich some spice and better taste; he taught us to pray for the chicken and not for the salt and pepper that perk it up a bit.

But still, O God, we thank you for the blessing of condiments. We thank you for those add-ons like ketchup, garlic, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Heinz 57, and, especially, Tabasco and other hot sauces, that add some zing and flavor to the food that we need. We confess that we don’t need the condiments and that we can do without them but we thank you for them nonetheless.

While we’re at it, O God, thank you for the extras and add-ons in all the areas of our lives that make it even more flavorful and interesting than it otherwise would be.


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