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Have a Picnic

Today in “40 Days of Creation: Dwelling in the Word and World” we are invited to have a picnic! It may not be possible for everyone to get to a park as most places are practicing social distancing, but perhaps you could have a picnic indoors, invite a friend over on a video call, and share a meal together/ apart. 

We end this meal with grace
For the joy and nourishment of food, 
The slowed time away from the world
To come into presence with each other
And sense the subtle lives behind our faces, 
The different colours of our voices, 
The edges of hungers we keep private, 
The circle of love that unites us.
We pray the wise spirit who keeps us
To change the structures that make others hunger
And that after such grace we might now go forth
And impart dignity wherever we partake.

Grace After Meals by Irish poet John O’Donohue
from his book Benedictus: A Book of Blessing 

Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 
John 6:11-12