I previously posted about finding a prayer to say with my children before bedtime. It’s been fun seeing Hannah develop from being confused about praying to eagerly adding onto the “God bless” list each night. Saying Grace at dinner is the next prayer I want to integrate into my daily life. As I explained in my previous post, I consider myself a bit prayer challenged so I like the idea of a rote prayer. It comes out so much more beautifully than I could ever put it.
As a kid, my dad was always the one who said grace. His usual prayer was a follows:
Bless this food to our use
and us to your service,
and make us ever mindful of the needs of others.
In Christ’s name,
I also stumbled upon this website that has some great ideas for saying grace. I think I’ll start using my Dad’s prayer to get into the habit but I’m going to keep this traditional prayer in mind, as well:
Bless us O Lord,
and for these Thy gifts
which we are about to receive,
May the Lord make us truly thankful.
Do you have a particular prayer you like to say for grace?