Praying before meals fills our hearts with gratitude for God’s provision in our lives as we enjoy the tangible gifts of food. We acknowledge that every good thing comes from God. We ask God to bless our food, bless the ones who prepared it, and bless the receivers of the goodness. We pray before meals to invite God’s presence into our lives and to ask that the food become strength for our work in the kingdom.
—Jenny Youngman, Scrambled Starts: Family Prayers for Morning, Bedtime, and Everything In-Between (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”
—Matthew 26:26 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
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