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PASTOR'S POST:  JUNE 2018

Pray and Give Thanks

        Summer is here and many people will be heading all different directions to enjoy the summer. How can you witness your faith while camping or RVing or wherever you go? One of the greatest ways to witness is to pray before meals. I have, over the years, been surprised at how people notice when you join hands and give thanks to God Almighty for your food and time together at meals.

       A grace is a short prayer or thankful phrase said before or after eating. Less commonly, it may be a prayer of thanks for other things. The term most commonly refers to Christian traditions, when we “Say grace.” Some traditions hold that grace and thanksgiving imparts a blessing which sanctifies the meal. In English, reciting such a prayer is sometimes referred to as "saying grace".

       Writer Meg Bucher gives some helpful hints and prayers be before meals.

A Prayer That This Food May Fuel Us to Do Your Work
Father, Praise You for the nourishment the You provide. Thank You for meeting our physical needs of hunger and thirst. Forgive us for taking that simple joy for granted and bless this food to fuel our bodies forward into your will for our lives. We pray that we will be energized and be able to work for the glory of Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

A Prayer in Remembrance of the Hungry
Father, you are mighty and strong to sustain our bodies. Thank You for the meal we are about to enjoy. Forgive us for forgetting how many pray for food to relieve their starvation. Bless and relieve the starvation of those who hunger, Lord, and inspire our hearts to seek out ways that we can help from our abundance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

A Prayer of Confession
Father, This meal is the work of your hands. You have provided for me, again, and I am grateful. I confess my tendency to forget to ask your blessing upon my life, through the comforts that you have given me to enjoy. So many people lack these daily comforts and it is selfish of me to forget about them in their need. Show me how to make the most of  your blessing in my life, for everything I have is a gift from you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

A Prayer for When Someone is Missed at the Table
Father, We are coping with an empty seat at our table. Be with the one we are without, today, and help us to trust in Your timing, purpose, and great love for us all. As we miss ____________ today, we pray your blessing over him/her/them, and us, and the space in between now and when we see them next. Until then, may this food bless our bodies, and give us strength to endure the day ahead. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

A Prayer for Dining Out
Father, Bless this establishment and employees as they prepare and serve our food. Thank You for the opportunity to have our meal brought to us, and the ability to relax and enjoy this time with one another. We understand our privilege to be here, and we pray to be a blessing to those we encounter in this place. Bless our conversation, and may we honor you in all we do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

A Prayer for the Drive-Thru
Father, Thank You for the drive-thru, that saves our time on busy days. We pray for those who prepared our food, and we ask that we would be a blessing to them during our brief encounter today. We remember that they are your children, and that they should be treated with kindness and respect, so that they will be able to see you in our actions. Bless this food to our bodies and keep us safe on the road today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

You will be surprised how many people around you will be inspired by your spirituality. Now go and be and do…

Blessings to you and yours,
Pastor

 

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