Shannon Berrey

Thanksgiving prayer

Friday, October 22, 2010
Eight years ago, Traditional Home featured Garrison Keillor's {the Prairie Home Companion guy} home in Minnesota. I fell in love with his dining room art. It was simply an oversized prayer done on a black background. Does anyone else remember this March 2002 feature?

I ripped it out and it lived in my 'to do' file for a long time. I thought this would be great inexpensive art that would be easy to recreate.  Only one problem--I couldn't for the life of me make out the entire poem due to the chandelier..grrrr.  

It must have been popular with a lot of people because I read a 'letter to the editor' in the magazine a few years later asking for the prayer to be shared in it's entirety {YES!} The editor stated that they had been asked for the prayer many times since the issue hit the newsstand and they would be glad to share it.....Now we were in business!

Oh Lord we thank thee for this food
For every blessing, every good.
For earthly sustenance and love
Bestowed on us from heav'n above. 
Be present at our table Lord
Be here and everywhere adored.
Thy children bless and grant that we
May live in paradise with thee. 


I used a 36" x 48" canvas from Michaels {with my 50%off coupon}. I painted it black and then 
placed blue tape to create my horizontal lines. Then I freehanded the prayer with white paint. 

It comes out for the holidays. I rotate my art a lot.

** sidenote: I got to see Garrison live at WCU's Performing Art Center last year. He is so entertaining--go if you get the chance!

Happy Weekend!


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Karen commented on 22-Oct-2010 08:10 PM
I. Love. This!! I think even I might be able to this!
sarah commented on 25-Oct-2010 10:11 PM
This is so pretty! I to remember this article and wishing I knew what the whole prayer said. Love your blog
Brandi commented on 03-Nov-2010 09:18 AM
I am pretty sure you need to make me one of those ...really. You know I can't do it myself. But I will make you sweet potatoes and other things for Thanksgiving!
Shannon Berrey commented on 04-Nov-2010 05:27 PM
Oh Brandi, I don't believe you. What if, instead of painting it, you typed it out on the computer and then took it to Kinko's and had them blow it up and then you could spray mount it on to a piece of canvas?!
But, the sweet potatoes does sound wonderfully tempting...
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