One of our family traditions is to say grace before dinner. It's a simple thing. Early on we settled on a grace and even as our children have gotten older, it has not changed. It seems a little thing, to pause before we eat and thank God that there is food on the table. Yet, it is important to take the time to pause and know that what is normal and average is a great gift. Food, clothing, a snug place to live, people who love us and care for us, all these things are great gifts. Taking to time to say "Thank you" changes the way to live in the world. It can change to way we treat each other. So, if you don't have a table grace I offer you these, pick one, learn it and make it a practice to pause and say Thank you.
-Blessed art Thou, Lord our God, who causes the earth to produce food. Amen.
-Bless this food, and those we hold dear, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
-Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, let these gifts to us be blessed. Amen
-Blessed be God, who is our bread. May all the world be clothed and fed. Amen
-For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful. Amen
by Linnae Peterson