Pleasant words are honeycomb,
sweet to the palate, and healing to the bones.
— Proverbs 16:24
I by nature have a sweet tooth. It’s hard for me to pass on dessert. But I find in these frustrating days I am spending too much time chewing on bitterness. This prayer is a palate cleanser if you, like me, need to be reminded of the sweet things in life.
You fill my life with goodness—
platters of fruitful generosity and unexpected kindness,
bowls brimming with savory moments and zesty amusement,
decanters fragrant with ripened relationships and good will.
But too often, I set my table with discontentment.
I opt for the fast food of frustration.
I gnaw on the kernels of hurtful criticism.
I sip snifters of spite,
chew on sour chatter,
and dress my days for disaster.
On this diet of bitterness and distain,
I find my spirit bloated with burdens
and my body wearied with worry.
Clear the temptations from my table.
Remove the toxins from my mind and
refresh my being with water and wine.
Free me from the spiritual sluggishness
that clogs my heart, binds my body,
and spoils my relationships.
Restore me in your garden of delights
so that I may taste and see your goodness.
And trim the vines of my vocabulary
to speak with more gratitude, humility, and joy.
by your grace,