“Festive Father, you created us hungry. We must eat to live. And eating is a necessary habit, a wonderful reminder that we are, after all, creatures. But even more wonderful, you gave us your Son to be the host of a great meal, the glorious celebration of your peaceable kingdom. It is a meal of pain. It is a meal of unbounded joy. In our eating you make us part of your story. Give our eating purpose, make us participants in your unending sacrifice for all your creation. Thank you for making us hungry. May we eat in peace. Amen.”
A prayer by Stanley Hauerwas, taken from “Prayers Plainly Spoken” published in 1999 by SPCK.