New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Today’s Reflection

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

From page 21 of Scrambled Starts: Family Prayers for Morning, Bedtime, and Everything in Between by Jenny Youngman. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Do you pray before meals? Do you have a tradition of prayer with your family?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

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. (Traditional Doxology)

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  • robert moeller Posted May 6, 2019 6:47 am

    Yes. I pray before meals. I am thankful for food to eat.

    Hoping for some positive news on the condo purchase. A few months ago I was hoping for good news on a condo sale. How ironic!
    A beautiful day, time for an early morning walk.
    Will post more when I return. Haven’t had a morning like this in a long time.
    Thank You, Lord.

  • Jay Posted May 6, 2019 7:07 am

    Lord God I thank you for the meals you will provide today and the rest of this week. I pray for the farmers, fishermen and all those who work in industry and manufacturing to provide us with safe and healthy food. Bless them in a very special way. I pray for special blessings upon family and friends who give us gifts of food. May they never be in need and may they continue to bless others as you have blessed them. May the food we eat provide nourishment to our bodies even as Your Word nourishes our souls. For those who have nothing to eat now and for the foreseeable future; for those whose livelihoods have been destroyed by disasters and other perils we ask that You, Jehovah Jireh will provide for them. May the outpouring of Your blessings bring them into relationship with You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

  • Julie Posted May 6, 2019 8:10 am

    I pray before meals as I prepare the meal.
    Prayers for Robert, may he hear good news about the condo soon.
    Prayers for Edy and Bill and the medical team.
    Prayers for Jill and her father as they find their new normal.
    Prayers for Mary and her father, may his health and appetitie improve.
    Prayers for Connie and her family as they continue to mourn her daughter.
    Prayers for Betsy and her husbandand his job concerns.
    Prayers for Marcy, may she soon be well and home with Lucy.
    Prayers for Andrea, Lou and Rusty.
    This morning I found a note from h that said he waon’t be home until late May 7. I saw him take the solution one takes as colonoscopy prep to his “female friend’s” last night.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs dear UR family and thank you for your prayers

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 6, 2019 8:55 am

      Thanks Julie!

      Grateful for the joy of having tea with a dear friend this afternoon.

      Dad’s appetite is still not good. He doesn’t like meat these days. Not even his favorite meatball. Hope he doesn’t fall as he walks with the walking frame.

      May God strengthen the weak and heal the sick!


  • robert moeller Posted May 6, 2019 6:49 pm

    Haven’t had such a wonderful day in quite a while. A great walk and was able to rake the leaves beside the house. Progress packing up as well. Erich made a great dinner. No word on the condo purchase.

    Prayers for Mary’s Dad and his appetite. Glad Mary had a nice tea with a friend.

    Thankful for Julie’s prayers. Amen to her prayers for others. Special prayers for Julie’s situation, hope that it is resolved soon.

    Yes, Jay, your prayers for farmers and all involved with food. Thank the Lord, that we have food.

    Prayers for India and Bangladesh where a cyclone has hit.

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