Be Bold, Be Courageous
My family has always prayed before meals and we still do. Just last week, we went out to dinner before my dad went out of town and we held hands across the table and prayed before our food came.
I knew that not everyone said grace before meals, but my family and I sure did. When I entered college, I wasn’t surprised by how many people don’t say grace before a meal, but I was surprised that by how embarrassed I was to say it.
When I look back on that period of time, it’s so strange to me because saying grace is not an embarrassing thing. In fact, it’s a very important thing.
Yet, I felt and sometimes still feel embarrassed to do it. In college, I would say it sporadically depending on whether or not I was eating with people.
I know, it’s embarrassing that I let the company around me impact whether or not I was going to practice my faith. What’s even more embarrassing than this is when I did say grace, I used to make the sign of the cross as quickly and discretely as possible so people wouldn’t see me do it.
It’s easy for me to get angry when I think about how I used to do this, but these experienced ultimately helped me to grow in my faith so I can’t be too angry. 🙂
Origin of Grace
According to Catholic Answers, the most common grace said before meals, “Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts…” is found in the Gelasian Sacramentary, which dates back to the seventh century and is attributed to Pope Gelasius. Catholics have been saying this grace before meals for HUNDREDS OF YEARS.
Importance of Saying Grace
Grace before meals is important for two reasons: we ask God to bless the foods that we are about to consume and we give thanks for the food He has provided us with.
At the beginning of each meal, the grace is a built-in reminder that we are not responsible for the food in front of us, God is.
Not only are we thanking Him for the meal in front of us, we are thanking Him for our lives which are only made possible through the food.
It really is amazing how God has added in these little ways to remind us of Him throughout the day. At every meal, He is reaching out to us and let us know that He is there, if only we would acknowledge it. In addition, by us asking for His blessing over our food, we are asking for His blessing over our lives.
You are what you eat and if what you eat is blessed, then you probably are too. That’s all God wants, is for us to acknowledge his presence and love and to bless us and our lives.
Saying grace before meals is an AMAZING way to realize and acknowledge this more in our lives.
“Bless us O’ Lord
and these thy gifts
which we are about to receive
from thy bounty.
through Christ Our Lord
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