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A Prayer for the Table in May


Mary Oliver, as always, says it best….

When I Am Among The Trees

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”

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A prayer for the table in May

Thank you, God, for the language of the trees.
Thank you for your beloved children gathered here; for the food we are about to receive; for the hands that prepared it.
Help us to live in gratitude and kindness.
Help us to be filled with light, and to shine; always and ever serving you.


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Poem from “Thirst” by Mary Oliver.

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Happy Mother’s Day! May peace find you where you are.  xoxo

My mother’s spring garden


  1. Beautiful Jennifer!

  2. Thank you Jennifer! And Happy Mother’s Day to you my friend. xoxo

  3. I think trees are a woman’s best friend. Beautiful sharing for today. And a Happy Mother’s Day to you as well!

  4. This poem is one of my favorites! What a joy to read it this morning. Thank you, Jennifer!

  5. Serendipity!

  6. Such wonderful words! Thank you, dear Jennifer, and for the view of your seeing eye tree.
    May this Mother’s Day contain tender beauties for each of us.

  7. Happy Mother’s Day to you, Jennifer

  8. Love this poem. Thank you for sharing and Happy Mother’s Day!

  9. This touched me so on this special day. Happy Mother’s Day to you and everyone!

  10. Happy Mother’s Day, Jennifer!

  11. Happy Mother’s Day!!

  12. as Muir said…”And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul”. Wishing you a beautiful Mother’s Day, Jen!

  13. Thank you

  14. Thank you, dearest Jennifer. Mother’s Days can be tricky, can’t they. Hoping you had a wonderful one.

  15. Beautiful thoughts and photos!.

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