A Blessing for the Table


This blessing is for you —

for when you gather at the table

for breakfast on the go

and dinner after practice and games

for starting the science fair project 

finishing homework

and family meetings.

This blessing invites you

to be fed as you feed others

to pull up a chair

and make room for one more.

This blessing gives thanks 

for baby purees 

first bites of avocado and eggs

for grilled cheese and quesadillas (again)

homemade food and take out

boxes of pizza, corn dogs, and chicken nuggets

for produce from the garden

and fresh-baked bread delivered from a neighbor.

This blessing comes whether you’re using the fine china or paper plates

and doesn’t care how you dress (or how much mail is piled in a corner)

this blessing seeps down into the nooks and crannies of the table 

the crumbs left from yesterday and the spilled milk from this morning.

This blessing knows some days are rushed

and some nights are meant for long conversations.

It’s at the table where highs and lows are shared

school days are recounted

family vacations planned 

prayers are spoken

forgiveness is offered and received.

This blessing knows the future of this table

the children who will return again and again

with new relationships and new experiences

with wonder and awe at the world beyond this home

this blessing knows the table loves to expand. 

This blessing says


there will always be a space for you

eat and be fed

sit and rest.

This blessing is for you

in the coffee and crumbs 

the gifts of your life

a feast, for all, of gratitude.   

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is a mother, writer, and pastor living in Central Missouri with her family. Her first book, The Beauty of Motherhood: Grace-Filled Devotions for the Early Years will be released next March. You can read more at her website: Kimberlyknowlezeller.com. If you’d like to read more from Kim, you can sign up for her monthly newsletter, Walk and Talk here. As a gift to her readers and subscribers who sign up, she has a free downloadable resource: Walk and Talk with God: Reflection, Scripture references, and a how-to for your own contemplative walk.


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