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post #21 of 47
We were UU, but our grace came from what my dad said with his family (episcopalian maybe?

"Bless us, O Lord, this food to our use, and us to thy faithful service. Amen."
post #22 of 47
"Please Lord Jesus be our guest and let these gifts unto us be blessed. Amen."
post #23 of 47
I have been thinking about saying grace more consistently with my kiddos. I like the idea of using a short memorized prayer. This thread is so inspiring! :Thank you!!!!
post #24 of 47
Lord Jesus be our holy guest,
Our morning joy, our evening rest.
And with our daily bread, impart
thy love and peace to every heart.
Amen
post #25 of 47
my dear friend has always done "gratefuls" which is like this

they all hold hands (and when we are over for dinner we are included!) and say what they are grateful from the day. it's sweet and i wish we remebered to do it more often at my house but we don't often eat dinner with dh since he gets home so late.

this friend also happens to be dd's 2nd grade teacher and is incredibly thoughtful and kind with the students as she is with her own. when the kids have an altercation at school, they are required to apologize and then say 3 nice things to each other. the other day i overheard one boy say to the other "you have a nice haircut, you are a nice boy, you are a very nice boy"

made me and dh laugh for days and now we say it alot around here!!

sorry, OT but i had to share!
post #26 of 47
We do:
God is great
God is good
Let us thank Him for our food.
Amen.
post #27 of 47
I've said "piep, piep, piep, wir hab uns alle liep - piep, piep, piep, guten appetit!" Which is cute. Usually we just say the blessing over the bread - "baruch ata adonai, eloheinu melech ha'olam, hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz."
post #28 of 47
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Originally Posted by theretohere View Post
Not the one we use, but this one might appeal?
Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the friends we meet,
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you Lord for everything.
That is nice, it reminds me of a thank you prayer by erm... Emerson I believe?

We may use this thanks!
post #29 of 47
Thread Starter 
I just came acros another that I like a lot from a UU RE booklet:

Thank you God for all life brings
for health and play and all good things
and help me use my heart and mind
to make me strong and keep me kind. Amen.

What we have been doing is compiling a norebook of all the wonderful graces you all have been sharing and each child chooses one to read if they'd like at Sunday dinner. I am hoping our book can be something that I pass down to my children.
post #30 of 47
Of course, I come from a very different religion than you do, and you may feel this is very old-fashioned: but, I want to share my experience, and hopefully it will help you. I don't expect you to do everything we do: but, you could probably take some idea from it.

In our house, the head of the house who is the man of the house says grace for everyone. When a woman wants to say grace, her head must be covered in showing her deep respect for the man, the superior one of the house. If a girlchild wants to say grace, she must do the same. If a boychild wants to say grace, he does not have to wear a head covering, as he is a male. Usually, the father says grace unless he gives permission to another in the house to do it. Or, if the family wants to take turns saying it, and the head of household is fine with that, that can happen also.
Of course, when any of us are alone or eating with friends who do not share our beliefs, we can bow our heads and pray quietly: but, at home, this is how it is done. It is also different for single parent households, as the woman would obviously be head of her children and would not have to wear a head covering while praying.

Our graces are not ritualistic prayers. We just say what comes to heart. We thank God for our food, we pray for the brotherhood all over the world, we thank God we are able to be together and eat together as a family, and we pray for those who are less fortunate.

I hope this helps out.
post #31 of 47
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Originally Posted by DisplacedYooper View Post
Lord Jesus be our holy guest,
Our morning joy, our evening rest.
And with our daily bread, impart
thy love and peace to every heart.
Amen


Thank you for that, that is the prayer my grandmother used to say when I was a child, I didn't know all the words. She is no longer alive, so it brings back memories.
post #32 of 47
We sang this prayer as a family:

For health and strength and daily food, we thank you Our Lord, Amen
post #33 of 47
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Originally Posted by Evenstar View Post
We sang this prayer as a family:

For health and strength and daily food, we thank you Our Lord, Amen
I remember singing that! We sang it in Girl Scouts as a round. :
post #34 of 47
We say....."God is good, God is great, thank you for this food. Amen" Short and sweet.
post #35 of 47
Here's another one:

Give thanks to the Mother Gaia
Give thanks to the Father Sun
Give thanks for the plants in the garden
Where the Mother and the Father are one.
Give thanks,
Give thanks,
And again I say, give thanks!


The last three lines are optional.

And another:

Thanks to the bugs, the farmer and fruit.
Thanks to the sky, sun and root.
Thanks to the birds, seed and rain.
We give thanks to everything.


And another version of the previous one:

Thanks to the soil, the worm and grain
Thanks to the birds, the seed and rain.
Thanks to the bugs, the farmer and fruit.
Thanks to the sky, the sun and root.
Thank you for our food so good.
May all realize Buddhahood.
post #36 of 47
DH's grandfather came up with (or found?) this one that the family uses for special occasions.

Bless this house, Lord we pray.
Bless this food we eat today.
Keep us healthy, keep us free.
And we will give our praise to Thee.

DS has picked up singing "Hallelujah" repeatedly from somewhere, so he's been making us do that before we eat.
post #37 of 47
Earth, who gives to us this food
Sun, who makes it ripe and good,
Dear Earth, Dear Sun, by you we live
To you our loving thanks we give
post #38 of 47
One we use sometimes from the Book of Common Prayer:

Blessed are you, o Lord, for you give us food to sustain our bodies and make our hearts glad. Amen.
post #39 of 47

Great ideas

Thanks so much for all these ideas. I was just thinking about ways to incorporate some kind of blessing into our meal. I'm glad I found this.
post #40 of 47
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Originally Posted by Anandamama View Post
Thanks to the soil, the worm and grain
Thanks to the birds, the seed and rain.
Thanks to the bugs, the farmer and fruit.
Thanks to the sky, the sun and root.
Thank you for our food so good.
May all realize Buddhahood.
I love that!

We use "A Grateful Heart: Daily Blessings for the Evening Meal from Buddha to the Beatles" by M. J. Ryan. It's got a little bit of everything.
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