Growing up we said: Come Lord Jesus, Be our Guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed. Amen. Now I don't say anything but would like to, hence subscribing to this thread! (and I'm sorry, my enter key is not working!)
If you say grace or have a prayer before eating, what do you say? All faiths/spiritualities welcome! - Page 2
Interfaith here... sometimes DH (Christian) leads the prayer, sometimes I (non Christian UU with earth based leanings) lead the prayer.
We don't have a set prayer, and we take turns leading prayer. Whoever doesn't cook, leads the prayer.
When I lead prayer, it will often be something along these lines:
"We are grateful for this food and for the hands that prepared it.
We are grateful to the earth which provides our food.
May we remember those who do not have a meal to share tonight
and those who do not have someone to share a meal with
May we always remember to have grateful hearts and helpful hands.
When DH leads the prayer, it will often sound something like this
"We are grateful for this food and for the hands that prepared it.
May it nourish our bodies as you nourish our souls.
We pray for a restful and relaxing end to our day.
All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen"
And depending on the need, we may remember a friend/family member in need during our prayer. In extreme weather (heat, cold, snow, ice, etc), we always remember people who do not have adequate shelter from the elements.
Pagan and Buddhists here. We've been singing a song my DD bought home from school:
For the golden corn
And the apple in the tree
For the golden butter
And the honey in our tea.
For fruits and nuts and berries
That grow along the way
For birds and bees and flowers
We give thanks everyday.
What a sweet thread! As a Lutheran in a long line of Lutherans, I grew up saying "God is great, God is good. Let us thank him for our food. Amen." but sometimes my grandpa will sneak in the "Come, Lord Jesus, be thou our guest and let this food to us be blessed" that applecider mentioned. Lately I've been using "Thank you for the birds that sing, for rain and sunny weather. Thank you for the food we eat and that we are together."
We start dinner time conversation by going around the table and saying something we're grateful for today.
We end the meal by blowing out our candle(s) and asking the smoke to carry our prayers to God.
Just stumbled on this thread from the Home page/recent discussions. When my children were young, before meals they liked to recite:
We love our bread
We love our butter
But most of all
We love each other
- Ludwig Bemelmans (from Madeline)
Then they would also toast everyone with their milk glasses. "To family, friends and happy times!" was typical.
BTW, this wasn't taught and DH and I don't usually say grace ourselves at every meal. The kids picked up these customs themselves and decided they liked them. We are very casual Protestants, with DD 15 y.o. probably being the most faithful of us and DS 17 y.o probably self-identifies as atheist now.
(from Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Gitavali)
sarira abidya-jal, jodendriya tahe kal,
jibe phele bisaya-sagore
ta'ra madhye jihva ati, lobhamoy sudurmati
ta'ke jeta kathina somsare
2) krsna baro doyamoy, karibare jihva jay,
swa-prasad-anna dilo bhai
sei annamrta khao, radha-krsna-guna gao,
preme dako caitanya-nitai
"O brothers! This material body is a place of ignorance, and the senses are a network of paths to death. The senses throw the soul into this ocean of material sense enjoyment and, of all the senses, the tongue is most voracious and uncontrol-lable; it is very difficult to conquer the tongue in this world. O brothers! Lord Krsna is very kind to us and has given us such nice prasada, just to control the tongue. Now let us take this prasada to our full satisfaction and glorify Their Lordships, Sri Sri Radha and Krsna and, in love, call for the help of Lord Caitanya and Prabhu Nityananda."
Growing up we would say:
Come Lord Jesus, be our guest
and let these gifts to us be blessed
Now that I have my own family, my DH will say a prayer before the meal asking a blessing on it and our family and touching on anything else he feels like. My DD will add an enthusiastic AMEN! to the end of it and sometimes will say her own little prayer. It usually goes something like this:
Dear She-she (how she pronounces Jesus - it's hard not to laugh)
gibber-gibber-gibber (completely not understandable chatter)
We are pretty down to earth in our prayers. We are Christians but the prayer we say could be easily modified for people of other beliefs.
It generally goes something along the lines of
God, thank you for the opportunity to spend this meal together. Please bless this food and the hands that made it. In Jesus name, Amen.
We are somewhat progressive Christians, and we all hold hands and say
Dear God, thank you for this food, and thank you for our family.
If there is anything else DH or I feel like adding in, we feel free to at the end. Then DH and I lean over and give each other a little kiss and we each give DS a little kiss too ( family tradition from DH's side).
Works for us!
We use two different prayers, one before meals, and one after.
Before: Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ, Our Lord, amen.
After: We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, O Almighty God, Who livest and reignest forever. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
We are a family who celebrates both our Jewish and Christian heritages...
We take turns.... can say whatever you want... my 4 year old always prays after everyone and says "Dear God, thank you for being able to spend this meal as a family, thank you for our family and our home, for this meal and for the money to pay for this meal." and then Amen.
We got this one from the UU church we used to go to. I've been trying to get us in the habit of saying it every time we sit down to a meal.
Thanks to the hands that plant the seeds
Thanks to the earth giving all that we need
Thanks for the food that we share among friends
And thanks for the love that never ends
We are an LDS (Mormon) family and we have a structure to all prayers and blessings in our home.
We start by addressing God/Heavenly Father
We say thanks for whatever we are thankful for
We ask for whatever we need/want
and then we close.
So a food blessing in our home would be something like
Dear Heavenly father, thank you for this day, thank you for xyz. We ask that you please bless this food to give us the nouishment that our bodies need. We say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
love this thread!
We just started saying blessings over our food as a family and I love all the neew ideas! DD1 is 2.5 and will love some of these!
right now we say the:
God is great
God is good
and we thank Him for our food.
DD1 can say the whole thing and often reminds us to say our blessing.