Sear my tongue like freshly brewed too-hot coffee,
O burning Spirit, for the sharp heat relaxes my soul.
Bring me home, O nourishing God, with the warm
earthy taste of a tomato ripened in the summer sun.
Make me dance, O enlivening Spirit, like my taste buds
frolic between the spicy broth and snapping vegetables.
Laden my tongue to silence the way that bitter chocolate
interrupts my senses with its dry heaviness, O complex God.
Taste and be delighted by God’s goodness—in each bite, each meal, each sip you take today! Let your mouth be amazed by the bounty of the earth, and grateful for the labor of hands that prepare the food. Then put your delight on paper by writing a descriptive prayer of thanksgiving to God for the delicious amusements of your taste buds.