Irenic Thoughts

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Saying Grace

The folks at Beliefnet are getting us ready for Thanksgiving with their page Thanksgiving Prayer: When Words Fail, Borrow a Line which includes:

A Moravian Blessing
Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to be
And bless these gifts
Bestowed by Thee.
And bless our loved ones everywhere,
And keep them in Your loving care.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

A Hebrew Blessing
Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Eternal King,
Who feeds the whole world with Your goodness,
With grace, with loving kindness, and with tender mercy.
You give food to all flesh,
For Your loving kindness endures forever.
Through Your great goodness, food has never failed us.
O may it not fail us forever, for Your name's sake,
Since You nourish and sustain all living things,
And do good to all,
And provide food for all Your creatures
Whom You have created.
Blesses are You, O Lord, Who gives food to all.

In the archives here at King of Peace, we have a booklet on blessings for food: Saying Grace at Mealtimes

Then there is the blessing which the children sing for each snack and meal at King of Peace Episcopal Day School and on our Kids in the Kingdom Sundays at King of Peace:
We are thankful. We are thankful.
For our food. For our food.
And our many blessings. And our many blessings.
Amen. Amen.



  • At 11/25/2009 12:27 PM, Anonymous Kay Guest said…

    Thank you for the poem by George Herbert the other day. Another thing that he said, which I like to remember this time of year is this: "Lord, you have given me so much. Give me one thing more - a thankful heart".


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