The grace said by the preacher at the party Otis organized at Gloria Dump’s backyard:

Dear God, thank you for warm summer nights and candlelight and good food. But thank you most of all for friends. We appreciate the complicated and wonderful gifts you give us in each other. And we appreciate the task you put down before us, of loving each other the best we can, even as you love us. We pray in Christ’s name. Amen

Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie (Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2000), 153.