Yesterday, me and my boys stopped to get a bite to eat before we headed out to do what almost turned out to be school shopping. While we were there, I watched a group of women hold hands and say a prayer before they ate. I was raised to pray before every meal to give thanks for our food. When I was young, I would get so embarrassed when my dad would pray at a restaurant, because he tends to get a little loud when he prays. I would keep my eyes open, as if to show the people who would look at us that I was rebelling and didn’t think it was cool to do this! As I got older, I didn’t mind so much, I understood it was just a simple act to thank God for the blessing of having something to eat.
I continued to pray for my food until recently. I wanted my children to continue that small act of thanks to God for what we have. But I don’t do it anymore and neither do my children. For some reason, when I saw those women doing that yesterday, I had a little bit of guilt that we don’t pray before we eat. Maybe we should start doing that again.
Do you say grace before eating?