We pray a lot. We’re surprised families don’t do so more often.
Example: We had dinner at a new friend’s home not too long ago. We stood around before the meal — together with all of our 13 kids — started to hold hands to say grace. The mom and dad of the other family simply said, “Let’s dig in!” We did, but it was awkward for us to start eating without first giving thanks to God.
Prayer is powerful, our method of communicating with the Creator of the universe. We do so in several ways, but especially before mealtime.
Since we remodeled our kitchen two years ago, we gather hands in a circle around our dinette area. Each meal is different.
- Breakfast: One child gives thanks for the food. This even includes the 3-year-old sometimes.
- Lunch: We sing a favorite song.
- Dinner: Dad prays over the meal. When he’s gone, mom or the oldest child does.
Mealtime is probably the most traditional time we pray. We feel awkward “digging in” before eating.
How about you? Do you have a favorite mealtime prayer tradition?