Grandma Thorpe’s mealtime blessing

At every Nesbitt mealtime gathering, before we eat, we join hands and recite the blessing Great Grandma (Cole) (Nesbitt) Thorpe wrote when she was an elder at the Barre Center First Presbyterian Church. She was the first woman asked to serve as elder at the church. Even for the brief time I knew her, I could feel her sense of peace and love of the Lord.

Be present at our table Lord.
Be here and everywhere adored.
These mercies bless and grant that we,
may feast in paradise with thee.