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As I make my choice of fruit and cheese,

search for sugar and count out tins;

as I select my coffee and breakfast cereals,

God give me pause for thought.


As I hunt for shoes and pick out socks,

look round the radios and kitchen-ware;

as I choose materials and knitting wool,

God give me pause for thought.


I pray for the growers and the harvesters,

for the packers and export agents;

I pray for the food processors,

and the nimble fingers of the assembly line.

I pray, knowing I cannot opt out

of this market-place of life

where I must take my choices.

I pray, seeking the good of everyone

on that long chain which leads from growers,

from manufacturers and agents

through the wholesalers and retailers

to my till receipt and carrier bag.


Help me to spend my wealth which is not mine,

but your gift to us all, in the ways

which lead to prosperity for all your people.

(Stephen Orchard from ‘All the Glorious Names’ Prayer Handbook 1989)