Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sunday Favorite - Saying "Grace"

Sunday Favorites Post Time! A fast  post to do for Sundays- and I am trying to keep mine in spirit with what Sunday is all about- a special day to think on spiritual things. Chari @ Happy to Design is hosting this "blog party" so we bloggers can have an easy day of it.   Click on the button in my left column to find out how to join the party, or click on the html code  just above to go to this week's collection. (I am actually doing this on Saturday, so Sunday will really be free!)

This is the original post first dated October 28, 2009...

Whether it's called "saying grace," "table prayers" or "giving thanks," offering a blessing before a meal is probably the most common form of prayer in American homes. "We, as people of faith, understand everything we have is a gift from God, including the things that sustain us on a daily basis," said the Rev. Vince Rohn, a pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Springfield. "That's why we teach our kids to say grace before a meal. We want to thank God for providing us with that gift."

At a more secular level, a declaration of gratitude at the dinner table can strengthen the bonds of fellowship for those eating together, emphasizing the joy of belonging. Giving thanks for food can be seen in every culture and religion, according to the book "Bless This Food: Ancient & Contemporary Graces From Around the World" by Adrian Butash.

Some people improvise when saying grace, while others recite a specific prayer. Rohn recommends getting children involved by teaching them a simple blessing and asking them to recite it before a meal. "My son simply says, 'Thank you Jesus, for food, family and friends.'" Another easy blessing for children, Rohn said, is "God is great, God is good. Let us thank him for our food." Rohn says a standard grace prayer can be customized. "What our family has started doing is having the kids say 'God is great, God is good' and then my wife and I will follow with an extemporaneous prayer thanking the Lord for the day or something special or for watching over a family member who is ill," he said.

(the above writing  is from Kathryn Rem, Gatehouse News Service, April 24, 2009)

My Louisiana family started a tradition of holding hands around the table while “saying grace” back when the grandkids started arriving. My little ones had learned the prayer, “God is great, God is good, now we thank Him for our food; By thy hand, we are fed, Thank you God for daily bread”, and my daddy began to have us say this all together when we would all be gathered at the home place. He has passed on now but we still do this when we all get together at my mother’s home, almost without fail.

In Norman Rockwell's autobiography he gives the story behind this picture. A reader of the Saturday Evening Post sent him a suggestion that he eventually used for this painting, which was the most popular cover he ever did. A woman in Philadelphia had seen a Mennonite family saying grace in an automat and she thought Mr. Rockwell could use the idea. He painted a Thanksgiving cover of an old woman and a little boy saying grace in a railroad cafeteria, watched by the people around them- some surprised, some puzzled.(From his April 29, 1959 diary)

For more about saying grace, visit this beautiful blogspot.


  1. Wonderful repost. We are a big
    Grace saying family. I grew up with as did my husband.

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  2. Thank you for resharing this beautiful post.


  3. I love those little prints of children with dogs. I have several of them framed in my home too.

  4. What a lovely post. We always offer prayers of thanksgiving...even for the most humble of meals :)


  5. Hi Lisa...

    What a sweet post, my friend! Ohh yes...I am a firm believer on saying Grace over our meals! I'm so thankful for all that the good Lord provides for us...never taking that for granted! Well, my three daughters are all grown with families of their own but there wasn't a meal that went by...that we didn't thank God for His provisions! My girls always asked the blessing...from the time they were big enough to talk! I'm also very thankful that this tradition has been passed down to their children (my grandchildren)!

    I enjoyed your thoughts and all of those sweet photos as well, Lisa! Thank you so much for sharing this sweet post with us today for Sunday Favorites! I also wanted to thank you for the sweet mention about Sunday Favorites at the beginning of your post...sure appreciate that, my dear lady!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  6. Funny thing, ironically I vividly remember visitng you and posting a comment on this exact post; (of course it was awhile ago when you originally posted it).!..,I'm glad that you posted it again, as it was and is excellant!

    This is my first time partaking with Cheri's.'Sunday Favorites', blog party!..,

    'Yay'!~It's been a lot of fun!..,

    You are most warmly invtited to visit my little corner of 'bloglsand as well my dear, to perhaps come by and see what I have posted for our little blog party on my blog.

    Cheers and blessings from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

  7. enjoyed stumbling across your page from a Google image search to illustrate a page I'm doing called Be Present at Our Table Lord - which is the blessing our family used to sing around the table, holding hands. Happy Thanksgiving!