It’s easy for me to fall into a rut when it comes to prayer before a meal. For many years we had the children ask the blessing and they recited the prayer that so many children use:
God is great, God is good
Let us thank him for our food
By his hands we all are fed
Give us Lord our daily bread.
Now that they’re gone, or too old for that one, I usually do the praying and I’ve been thinking lately about ways to pray differently–to avoid that rote rut.
Some options include the traditional Jewish prayer before a meal:
Blessed are you God, our God, king of the universe
Who brings forth bread from the earth.
Of course all that matters is a sincere giving of thanks. Sometimes my prayer is simply, “For this meal and all our blessings we are truly grateful.”
I think I could just boil that down to “Thank you.”