A reader writes in with this:

I read the blog posting by Michael Novak of the “Beer Blessing,” which inspired me to write this blessing of peanut butter crackers (admittedly basing it upon the formula used in most blessings). It is as follows:

All-powerful Father, bless these peanut butter crackers, and make of them good food for Your humble sons. Let the inability of these crackers to fill one remind us of the insufficiency of earthly pleasures to slake our thirst for joy. Let the salty-to-the-point-of-pain flavor of these crackers remind us of the inevitable sorrow mixed into our earthly life. Let the similarity of these crackers to the rocks Satan mentioned in the temptation not break our teeth. We ask this through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You in the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, amen.

Articles by Joseph Bottum

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