I am reading lots of American blogs this week which are full of the plans people are making for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Many of them will be travelling tonight to spend tomorrow with their nearest and dearest. Others are busy preparing their homes to receive guests.
I pray that they will have safe journeys and a truly blessed time as they celebrate together.
I read a piece last year by Garrison Keillor [author of ‘Lake Wobegon’ books] regarding the saying of a prayer of thanks before everyone tucks into the turkey [and stuffing, and cranberries and pumpkin pie…]
He said that he felt uncomfortable saying Christian prayers in front of dinner guests who may be atheists, Jews, Rosicrucians, whatever… so he has painted his prayer – [see below] on the wall of the dining room.
It is sung to the tune of the Doxology – and GK finds that if he looks up and starts singing, then everyone in the family joins in!
At Corrymeela with Mags, two weeks ago, we collected our supper from the hatch, and sat down and began eating - then when everyone was served. a bell was rung, and we were asked to spend a minute in silence “giving thanks in whatever way feels appropriate to you”. I mentioned this to a colleague at school, and she said “We ought to be more mindful and give thanks more”
Grace before meals is a habit I have been taught since childhood – it is what we do in this house. I am always grateful when we visit friends, and they ask Bob to say a word of prayer before we eat – even though they may not share our faith, they acknowledge what we believe, and they do want to share our sense of gratitude for God’s provision. Do you give thanks at mealtimes? how and when?
[thank you Kristen for these free Thanksgiving printables – here]
O Lord we thank Thee for this food
For every blessings, every good
For earthly sustenance and love
Bestowed on us from heaven above
Be present at our table, Lord
Be here and everywhere adored
Thy children bless, and grant that we
May feast in paradise with Thee