and the table will be wide

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Artwork also by Jan Richardson (talented lady!).

This coming Sunday might be my favorite in the church year: World Communion Sunday, where we celebrate the unity found at the Table of Reconciliation no matter where we come from, or what language we speak.  In my planning for Sunday, I came across this blessing by Jan Richardson, and thought I’d share it here.

And the table
will be wide.
And the welcome
will be wide.
And the arms
will open wide
to gather us in.
And our hearts
will open wide
to receive.

And we will come
as children who trust
there is enough.
And we will come
unhindered and free.
And our aching
will be met
with bread.
And our sorrow
will be met
with wine.

And we will open our hands
to the feast
without shame.
And we will turn
toward each other
without fear.
And we will give up
our appetite
for despair.
And we will taste
and know
of delight.

And we will become bread
for a hungering world.
And we will become drink
for those who thirst.
And the blessed
will become the blessing.
And everywhere
will be the feast.

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