Meal time blessings - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 22 Old 07-21-2011, 09:36 PM - Thread Starter
 
PeacemongerMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I wasn't sure where to post this and here seemed like a general spot, so I hope it's OK here.

 

I would like to make meal times a little more meaningful and one of the ways I'd like to do that is get in the habit of saying a blessing or giving thanks before each meal. We have been using a little prayer that DS learned at a preschool he briefly attended a few years ago that is very simple and sing songy and well kind of empty. As he is getting older, 5.5 now I think it's time for something more mature but still something he can grasp. Does anyone have a favorite meal time blessing or prayer? Not necessarilly religious but I'm not opposed to religious references either.


Peace can not be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.- Albert Einstein

PeacemongerMom is offline  
#2 of 22 Old 07-22-2011, 09:41 AM
 
Nazsmum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: In the vine
Posts: 2,639
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)

We are believer in Jesus....We just say a simple blessing.

 

Thank You Lord for our food. (If we are out we will add the People that made it.)

 

You need to go with what you feel is right for your family. To me it is just saying and meaning that we are thankful. Showing our children what we believe is something that only you can do.

Nazsmum is online now  
#3 of 22 Old 07-22-2011, 04:12 PM
 
lilyka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 18,301
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

We usually just make the sign of the cross.  There are prayers to be said before as well as after meals but I am a total slacker.  I really need to get better.  

 

 

 

Quote:

 

Before:

Christ our God, bless us Your servants, our home, the food and drink before us for You are the Source of all blessings, now and forever and ever. Amen.

 

or


Lord Jesus Christ our God, You blessed the five loaves in the wilderness and fed the multitudes of men, women and children. Bless also these Your gifts and increase them for the hungry people in the world. You are the One who blesses and sanctifies all things and to You we give glory forever. Amen.

 

or


The hungry shall eat and shall be satisfied. Those who seek the Lord shall praise Him; their hearts shall live forever. Bless us Lord and Your gifts which we are about to receive. You are blessed and glorified forever. Amen.

 

 

After:

We thank you, Christ our God, for providing us with Your earthly gifts. Deprive us not of Your heavenly Kingdom. Lord, as you entered among Your disciples to give them peace, enter among us, give us Your peace and save us. Amen.

 

or

Glory to You, Lord and King! You have gladdened our hearts through Your earthly gifts. Fill us also with the gift of Your Holy Spirit, that we may abound in every good work to the glory of Your name. Amen.


 or

 

We thank You Lord, Giver of all good things, for these Your gifts and all Your mercies, and we bless Your holy name forever. Amen.

 

 


The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it.  We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.

lilyka is offline  
#4 of 22 Old 07-23-2011, 06:44 AM
 
AllisonR's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 3,137
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I'd make it creative, if possible. I think that would be more meaningful. Growing up, before every dinner we said "Bless us our lord, and these and thy gifts, which we are about to receive, through the bounty, through christ our lord. Amen." It was not a prayer. It was not meaningful. It was regurgitation of the same memorized words, day after day, year after year. 

 

I remember a friend, who they would hold hands at the table, which I thought was more warm and friendly, and would say a different thing each time. Just short and friendly like "thanks mom for making this great chicken, and thank you lord for having Allison as company today." Next time it would be someone else's turn to say a prayer and it would be whatever was at the top of their mind at the moment. 

AllisonR is offline  
#5 of 22 Old 07-23-2011, 11:10 AM
 
Mittsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: somewhere over the rainbow...
Posts: 622
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I sing a song from the book "Seven Times The Sun" by Shea Darian, to call everyone to the table, it's called "A gnome in the garden". Here are the lyrics:

 

A gnome in the garden told me of the wind that carries the rain.

Of the rain that feeds the earth, of the earth that holds the grain.

A gnome in the garden told me of the sun's shining rays.

And, the gardener who dwells there waiting patiently today.

The gnome said please remember thank the wind, and rain, and land.

Thank the bright and shining sun, and the gardener's tending hand.

 

 

We also say a blessing, from the same book, and that is:

 

Blessings on our meal, and peace on earth the home for all.


treehugger.gifhippie.gifhomeschool.gifnamaste.gifnovaxnocirc.gifcrochetsmilie.gifblahblah.gifenergy.gifgoorganic.jpggd.gifteapot2.GIFbftoddler.giffamilybed2.gif
 
Mittsy is offline  
#6 of 22 Old 07-23-2011, 12:38 PM
 
PoetryLover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,739
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)


Quote:
Originally Posted by AllisonR View Post

I remember a friend, who they would hold hands at the table, which I thought was more warm and friendly, and would say a different thing each time. Just short and friendly like "thanks mom for making this great chicken, and thank you lord for having Allison as company today." Next time it would be someone else's turn to say a prayer and it would be whatever was at the top of their mind at the moment. 


This is how we say our prayers. We all hold hands, even our 17 month old, bow our heads and whoever feels led to will lead us in prayer. Most of the Quakers I know, though, hold hands and have a moment of silence, squeezing each other's hands at the end.

 

PoetryLover is online now  
#7 of 22 Old 07-23-2011, 04:58 PM
 
robin3's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 136
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

We light a candle and pick a blessing from the book "A Grateful Heart: Daily Blessings for the Evening Meal from Buddha to the Beatles" by M. J. Ryan.  We've used this since our DS, now 11, was a baby and he went from just watching to now either lighting the candle or reading or both. We also use it at the holidays.

robin3 is offline  
#8 of 22 Old 07-27-2011, 01:00 PM
 
cat13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,766
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

If you are looking for a blessing that is not geared towards a specific religion, we like to use this one: For food and friendship always great, we are truly thankful." It's short and sweet, and works for us. Offbeat Mama had a great post about this a while back.


Mama Bear toddler.gif, Papa Bear treehugger.gif and Baby Bear (8/11) coolshine.gif

cat13 is offline  
#9 of 22 Old 07-27-2011, 09:31 PM
 
lilyka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 18,301
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)


Quote:
Originally Posted by robin3 View Post

We light a candle and pick a blessing from the book "A Grateful Heart: Daily Blessings for the Evening Meal from Buddha to the Beatles" by M. J. Ryan.  We've used this since our DS, now 11, was a baby and he went from just watching to now either lighting the candle or reading or both. We also use it at the holidays.



I really like the lighting of a candle.  We do this for evening prayers and it really shifts things.  I can't really explain it but it is like opening a door.


The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it.  We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.

lilyka is offline  
#10 of 22 Old 08-04-2011, 07:48 PM
 
FarmerBeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Northeastern Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 803
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

When our children were small, and now when friends of a different faith are visiting, we use one that started in Waldorf preschool "Thank-you earth who grew our food/ Sun that makes it ripe and good/Mother earth and father sun/ Thank-you for all that you have done

Now that our children are older and understand the concepts of our faith (we are Anglican, which is like the American Episcopalian) we sing the Doxology

"Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Praise him all creatures, hear below

Praise him above, ye heavenly host

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost"

 

Outside of religious reasons, I really think that a mealtime blessing promotes mindfulness at the tabled and gratitude.


Busy keeping up with three children and an awful lot of chickens!

FarmerBeth is offline  
#11 of 22 Old 08-05-2011, 08:20 AM
 
SweetSilver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Westfarthing
Posts: 5,117
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 68 Post(s)

When we do a "blessing" we have sung "All I really need"  (All I really need is a song in my heart/ food in my belly/ and love in my family....) or "Thanks a lot" (I think that's what it's called) and we make up verses after the first few.  We haven't done this in a while, it would be good to get back to it.  I know it might not be the next level of maturity that you might be seeking, but my girls are 6.5 and 4.5 and they love it.  In "Thanks a lot" you could make up a verse that is more specifically religious, if you want.  We keep it secular, or thank Mother Earth for the bounty of the table.

    Raffi sings both of these songs on his albums.


Give me a few minutes while I caffeinate.
SweetSilver is online now  
#12 of 22 Old 08-19-2011, 09:54 AM
 
Snugglebugmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Southern Ontario
Posts: 816
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My oldest picked our mealtime prayer, a sung one, and both girls insist on doing it even when we are out to eat at, say, McDonalds. It's sung to the tune of "London Bridge is falling down".

 

Lyrics:       "God is great and God is good, God is good, God is good

                   Let us thank Him for this food

                   Alleluia" 

 

We're Catholic, so we start and end with the Sign of the Cross. 


~Iris~ Catholic mama to DD1 11/15/05 * DD2 04/28/08 * brokenheart.gif06/23/2010 * and our little rainbow DS 10/07/11 love.gif
 

Snugglebugmom is offline  
#13 of 22 Old 08-19-2011, 02:45 PM
 
lilyka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 18,301
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

thats so cute!

 


The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it.  We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.

lilyka is offline  
#14 of 22 Old 08-26-2011, 08:41 PM
 
omMommaom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Lexington KY
Posts: 32
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

We, too, hold hands and give thanks.  We do our best to remember all the hands and energy that went into the food arriving on our plates.  Then, we further bless it acknowledging that It is a blessing to our bodies to grow bigger and stronger, and help us rise to our greatest Good.  We give thanks for All Good. Amen.  or And So It Is.

 

If we forget our 3 year-old reminds us.  It really helps him to bless his veggies, and to remember how great his veggies are for him when we trace them back to the Earth and recognize how exciting it is to eat things that will help him grow.

omMommaom is offline  
#15 of 22 Old 09-19-2011, 12:33 PM
 
umsami's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Capital City
Posts: 10,401
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

So as Muslims, we say, "Bismillah-ar-Rahman-ar-Rahim" which means "In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate."

 

At the end, we say, "Alhamdullilah" which means "All thanks to God."

 

When my kids visit my Mom, they sing (to the tune of the ABC song).."A-B-C-D-E-F-G  Thank you God for feeding me."

 

When I was a little tyke, we used to sing part of the Johnny Appleseed song, which I really used to love.  If you search on YouTube I'm sure you can find the tune.. but basically, the lyrics are..."The Lord is good to me...and so I thank the Lord...for giving me...the things I need...the sun, and the rain, and the apple seeds...Oh the Lord is good to me."


Mom to DS(8), DS(6), DD(4), and DS(1).  "Kids do as well as they can."

umsami is offline  
#16 of 22 Old 09-27-2011, 06:08 PM
 
wombatclay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: running the red queen's race
Posts: 14,143
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

When we decided we wanted to do a meal blessing we asked each girl to suggest a poem, song, verse, whatever that they wanted to use and dd1 picked a poem while dd2 picked a song.

 

So first we sing the meal blessing from dd1's waldorf preschool:

 

blessings on the blossom, blessings on the fruit

blessings on the leaf and stem

blessings on the root

 

and then we sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!

 

I think for us the important element is being mindful and taking a moment, actually observing the ritual and rhythm of meals, so twinkle twinkle is just as effective as anything else.  :)  Maybe ask your little one what they would like to use?


Be pretty! Be practical! Be Pagan! Visit Pagan Hearth & Home!
 mama to lady.gif(4/05), hearts.gif(6/07vbac), diaper.gif(8/09vbac), and babygirl.gif (9/11vbac)

wombatclay is offline  
#17 of 22 Old 10-26-2011, 08:58 PM
 
mugglesmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: St Paul, MN
Posts: 260
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


Quote:
Originally Posted by robin3 View Post

We light a candle and pick a blessing from the book "A Grateful Heart: Daily Blessings for the Evening Meal from Buddha to the Beatles" by M. J. Ryan.  We've used this since our DS, now 11, was a baby and he went from just watching to now either lighting the candle or reading or both. We also use it at the holidays.


I like the candle lighting idea, I might have to add that!  We hold hands for a moment just to connect with each other before we share a meal.

 


 
 

mugglesmom is offline  
#18 of 22 Old 11-02-2011, 11:44 AM
 
mamaupupup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Thank you all!  There are so many gems here!

 

Here are a few more I've come across:

 

Earth, we thank you for this food,
for rest and home and all things good,
for wind and rain and sun above,
but most of all for those we love.
 
and 
 
 
Thank you for the food we eat.
 
Thank you for the world so sweet.
Thank you for the birds that sing.
Thank you God for everything. Amen

 

mamaupupup is offline  
#19 of 22 Old 07-03-2012, 07:28 PM
 
nursekk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My 3 year old leads us in a song, which we repeat after her for each verse: "God our Father, hear us pray. Bless our food and family, Amen." It's really sweet to hear our kids insist on this. We are Catholic.

nursekk is offline  
#20 of 22 Old 11-08-2012, 07:43 AM
 
mamazakka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Love it!


Mama of 6 joy.gifjumpers.gifjumpers.gif, eldest is 10yrs, youngest is 18mos.  winner.jpgfamilybed1.gif our 6th baby was born at home, hooray!

mamazakka is offline  
#21 of 22 Old 11-08-2012, 07:44 AM
 
mamazakka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by omMommaom View Post

We, too, hold hands and give thanks.  We do our best to remember all the hands and energy that went into the food arriving on our plates.  Then, we further bless it acknowledging that It is a blessing to our bodies to grow bigger and stronger, and help us rise to our greatest Good.  We give thanks for All Good. Amen.  or And So It Is.

 

If we forget our 3 year-old reminds us.  It really helps him to bless his veggies, and to remember how great his veggies are for him when we trace them back to the Earth and recognize how exciting it is to eat things that will help him grow.

 

Love it!


Mama of 6 joy.gifjumpers.gifjumpers.gif, eldest is 10yrs, youngest is 18mos.  winner.jpgfamilybed1.gif our 6th baby was born at home, hooray!

mamazakka is offline  
#22 of 22 Old 11-08-2012, 10:55 AM
 
mamazakka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by omMommaom View Post

We, too, hold hands and give thanks.  We do our best to remember all the hands and energy that went into the food arriving on our plates.  Then, we further bless it acknowledging that It is a blessing to our bodies to grow bigger and stronger, and help us rise to our greatest Good.  We give thanks for All Good. Amen.  or And So It Is.

 

If we forget our 3 year-old reminds us.  It really helps him to bless his veggies, and to remember how great his veggies are for him when we trace them back to the Earth and recognize how exciting it is to eat things that will help him grow.

 

Love it!


Mama of 6 joy.gifjumpers.gifjumpers.gif, eldest is 10yrs, youngest is 18mos.  winner.jpgfamilybed1.gif our 6th baby was born at home, hooray!

mamazakka is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off