|That pause before the meal inspires us across cultures. Artist Nikki McClure adds her touch to our collection of mealtime prayers from around the world.|
|Nikki McClure of Olympia, Washington is known for her painstakingly intricate and beautiful paper cuts. Armed with an X-acto knife, she cuts out her images from a single sheet of paper and creates a bold language that translates the complex poetry of motherhood, nature, and activism into a simple and endearing picture.|
|LATIN AMERICAN |
To those who have hunger
This food is the gift
All praises are due to Allah who gave us sufficient food to eat and who satiated our thirst while such food is needed by us all the time and while we are not ungrateful to Allah.
Earth, when I am about to die
|SELKIRK GRACE, SCOTTISH |
Some hae meat and canna eat,
|CHRISTIAN CHILDREN'S PRAYER |
Thank you God for the world so sweet,
|APOSTOLIC, ARMENIA |
The eyes of all wait upon Thee, O Lord,
|HINDU, INDIA |
Before grasping this grain,
|COPTIC, EGYPT |
Bless, O Lord, the plants, the vegetation,
|MOTHER TERESA, CATHOLIC, CALCUTTA |
Make us worthy, Lord,
|SIOUX, NATIVE AMERICAN |
I’m an Indian.
Praised are You, our God, Ruler of the universe, who in goodness, with grace, kindness, and mercy, feeds the entire world. He provides bread for all creatures, for His kindness is never-ending. And because of His magnificent greatness we have never wanted for food, nor will we ever want for food, to the end of time.
For His great name, because He is God who feeds and provides for all, and who does good to all by preparing food for all of His creatures whom He created: Praised are You, God, who feeds all.
Compilation of graces by Azuka Nwigwe, Grail World Magazine
From the book "Bless This Food." Copyright © 1993, 2007 by Adrian Butash. Reprinted with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA. www.newworldlibrary.com
Translated by Linda Hess at Stanford University
Illustration by Nikki McClure. Research by Anna Stern. This article is part of Food for Everyone, the Spring 2009 issue of YES! Magazine. Anna Stern is an editorial intern for YES! Magazine.