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11/22/2017 09:42 am ET

13 Things to Say for Grace

Reciting these gratitude prayers and mealtime blessings (ideally around a table while surrounded by your nearest and dearest) can help you recognize the beauty in your life.
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1. When You’re Grateful for Much More Than the Food

Prayer from Miraculous Silence by Mitra Rahbar (Tarcher/Penguin)
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2. When Your Favorite Time of the Year Has Arrived

Prayer by Nancy Byrd Turner. From Bless This Food by Adrian Butash.
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3. Because Your Heart Explodes at the Thought of Cooking and Eating with Family and Friends

From Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh
 
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4. A Quiet Invitation to Reflect

Prayer by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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5. When You’re Trying Hard to Shed Fear, Anger or Uncertainty

From A Book of Blessings by Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
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6. Remembering All the Small Things You're Fortunate to Have

From The Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan by Hazrat Inayat Khan
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7. A Blessing for a Family That’s Had a Difficult Year

From “Earth Prayer” by Mark Nepo
 
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8. Giving Thanks for the Opportunity to Move Forward Towards Your Dreams

Prayer by Barrie Shepherd. From Alive Now, May/June 1974.
 
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9. When All You Have to Do (Right Now) Is Enjoy Your Seat at the Table

From Grateful Table: Blessings, Prayers and Graces edited by Brenda Knight
 
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10. For Those Disheartened by Recent Senseless Events

From The Complete Poetry by Dr. Maya Angelou
 
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11. A Reminder to Appreciate the Sun and Golden Leaves While You Can

Thanksgiving Day Prayer” by Walter Rauschenbusch
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12. The All-Encompassing Way to Give Thanks

By Lauren Imparato, author of Retox: Healthy Solutions for Real Life
 
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13. A Blessing for Those Who Seek Peace and Solace

From Illuminata: A Return to Prayer by Marianne Williamson
 
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