Dear God,1396E475-1EE7-41E0-A265-5DF070A7CE77
This prayer isn’t very poetic,
and it isn’t very Lenten either.
But I’d like to thank you for chocolate.
Most particularly I’d like to thank you for the chocolate almonds
I ate yesterday afternoon,
after going to a funeral
and before seeing a client,
that sustained me physically,
and kind of emotionally too. 
I’d like to thank you for chocolate in general,
especially fairly-traded chocolate,
that isn’t implicated in slavery,
and for the bean growers and processors
and the people who know how to make it especially delicious.
I’d like to thank you for gifted chocolate,
and chocolate saved for an emergency,
and chocolate for celebrations.
I’d like to pray for the people who don’t like chocolate,
or who get migraines from it,
and might feel left out by my chocolate enthusiasm.

So God,
thank you for chocolate. 

Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and expresses that ministry as a researcher, counsellor and spiritual director.

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