How many of you pray before you eat? My baby book says that before I knew or understood the words I would insist that we pray before we ate, no matter when or where we were. I would bow my head, fold my hands and jabber, ‘Aba Daba Daba Daba…with a resounding AMEN.
Later, after being baptized in the Protestant Church, my Prayer evolved into “God is great, God is good, Let us thank Him for our Food…with another AMEN.
When my father married his second wife I was baptized a Catholic and our prayer changed to “Bless us Oh Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, thru Christ Our Lord”…and again ending with AMEN.
Now, belonging to a non denominational church, I simply talk to God, asking Him to bless our food, those that prepared it, and include any special notices or requests of the day…always ending with AMEN.
It doesn’t matter what words we say or what formal religion we are attached to, God just wants to know that we are Thankful that we have food on our plates because there are many that don’t.
When I was in Haiti, one of my Mission team members gave a Nutra Grain Bar to a man they had hired to help with construction. He was poor and had little if anything. Before the man ate the Bar he had been given, he bowed his head and prayed, thanking God for what he had received.
When was the last time you prayed before eating a breakfast bar, candy bar, drank a soda or coffee or ate a meal at a fast food restaurant?
Maybe we could learn Thankfulness from our friend in Haiti…even if we just say Thank You…God knows that you understand that the food before you is a gift and a blessing.
So Today I’ll end with a Thankful Prayer that my English Mother n Law taught me the first meal I shared with her. She has long passed into heaven, but I am reminded of her whenever I say this prayer.
“Thank you God for the world so sweet. Thank you God for the food we eat. Thank you God for the birds that sing. Thank you God for everything….AMEN
In case you hadn’t noticed, the AMEN is the common thread with all the prayers. AMEN means – ‘So be it’.
I pray that we will all remember to say thank you for the bounty we receive each day. So be it.
What are you thankful for today?
I’m sure God would love to hear from you, especially when you eat dinner this evening.
God bless my friends…AMEN