Hospitality,  Motherhood

Meal Time Prayers and Blessings

For Young Children

This was the first mealtime prayer I introduced to my toddler. I’ve said these words so many times and I can picture his pudgy little hands folded over his plastic plate of lunch food as clear as day as we said these words: 

Thank you for the world so sweet.

Thank you for the food we eat.

Thank you for the birds that sing.

Thank you, God, for everything.

Amen.


E. Rutter Leatham

 

As my children got a little older we transitioned to this prayer.  We say it every evening before dinner: 

To God who gives our daily bread 

A thankful song we’ll raise 

And pray that He who sends our food 

May fill our hearts with praise


Thomas Tallis

Below is a collection of other prayers that I have collected from books and blogs and friends that I love so much. Pick your favourite!

Bread is a lovely thing to eat. 

God bless the barley and the wheat, 

A lovely thing to breathe is air, 

God bless the sunshine ev’rywhere.

The earth is a lovely place to know, 

God bless the folks that come and go. 

Alive is a lovely thing to be. 

Giver of life, we say, ‘Bless Thee!’ 


Colin Price

“Father, round this table, here to pray

First, we praise you for the day,

For our family and our friends.

Gifts of grace that heaven lends

Living water, daily bread,

Countless blessings our God sends.

Thank you, Lord, for them all

For the big ones and the small

When we’re happy, when we’re sad

On the good days and the bad

We are thankful, we are glad.

Amen.”

God our Father, Lord and Saviour

Thank you for your love and favour

Bless this food and drink we pray

And all who share with us today


Unknown

We thank you Lord

For the food before us

The shelter around us

The family beside us

And the love between us

Amen


Unknown

(to the tune of the Superman Theme)

Thank you Lord for giving us food!

Thank you Lord for giving us food!

For the friends we meet, and the food we eat!

Thank you Lord, for giving us food!

Amen


Unknown

(to the tune of Frere Jacques)

God our Father, God our Father

Once Again, Once again

We would ask a blessing, we would ask a blessing,

Amen, Amen


Unknown

God is great, God is good.

Let us thank Him for our food.

By His hand must all be fed

Give us Lord our daily bread.


Unknown

– For the Whole Family –

May this meal serve to remind those who share its pleasures

Of the goodness and the hope that infuses all creation

(Amen)


Every Moment Holy

Thou that hast given so much to me,

Give one thing more —a grateful heart;

Not thankful when it pleaseth me,

As if thy blessings had spare days,

But such a heart whose pulse may be.

Thy praise.


George Herbert

Where two or more of us are gathered, O Lord,

There you have promised to be.

And here we are.

And so, here are You.

(Amen)


Every Moment Holy

Even as we hunger for the tastes

and textures and aromas of

This meal now graciously spread before us,

We pray you would also daily increase

Our deep hunger for your words and your truth,

That our own words

And choices

And actions

This week would be shaped

By your gracious revelation

Feed us, O Bread of Life.

Amen


Every Moment Holy

For your tender care displayed

In the food and friends now before us,

We offer you our praise

(Amen)


Every Moment Holy

And so now we bow our heads in thanks,

Gratefully receiving from Your great hand

The provision of this meal,

And the still greater provisions

Of your mercy, your compassion,

Your grace, your love.

(Amen)


Every Moment Holy

For health and strength and daily bread

We praise thy name Oh Lord

Hallelujah, Amen


Traditional

May God bless our daily bread

So that our souls with life be fed.

(Amen)


Unknown

Blessed be thou Lord, God of the Universe

Who brings forth bread from the Earth

And makes glad the hearts of men.

Amen


Hebrew blessing

We break this bread together with hearts aware

Not bread alone, but God’s life and love we share


A. C. Hartwood

For this new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food, for love and friends,

For everything His goodness sends,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee.


William Bennett

For the golden gourds, for the fruit on the trees

For the harvested corn and the sap from maple trees

For grains and nuts and berries

For honey from the hive

We give our thanks to the Earth

For all that it provides


Meagan Rose Wilson

If I didn’t include one of your favourite meal time prayers please leave a comment below to share it!

Hi! I’m Christy, a happy wife and mother to three boys, a nutritionist, a food lover and a Canadian. Creating and experimenting in the kitchen is my idea of an afternoon well spent. To me, a clean kitchen is an empty canvas of possibility and that means my kitchen never stays clean for long. My dream is that one or more of the recipes I share here will inspire you, perhaps even becoming a cherished family favourite.

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