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Meal time prayer

Prayer should be the key to the day and the lock to the night.

Mrs. Kibler of Dutch Fork South Carolina, author of a book titled Dutch Fork Cookery, would never fail to invoke God's blessing on a meal. "It is a necessary part of the eating ritual," she wrote, "and sets its tone of reverence, thoughtfulness, and thankfulness."

Unless otherwise noted, the author is unknown.

Lenten Prayer

"Have a Lenten that is blessed with the forgiving hands of the Lord. Cleanse your mind, heart and actions and be the one that will honor Him more."

Meal Time or Anytime Prayers

A Georgia teacher taught her students the following prayer, which they said daily before lunch.
"For the bounties of the earth, and the joys of heaven, We thank thee, our Father. Amen."

Woman genuflecting before eating meal

This blessing is from Ireland:
"Oh thou that blest the loaves and fishes,
Look down up these two poor dishes,
And tho' the murphies are but small,
O make them large enough for all,
For if they do our bellies fill, I'm sure it is a miracle."

Methodism founder John Wesley's famous blessing:
"Be present at our table, Lord,
Be here and everywhere adored,
Thy creatures bless, and grant that we may
Feast in paradise with Thee."

An old Scotch table grace:
"Thank you, Lord, for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you, God, for everything."

Scot poet Robert Burns
"Some hae meat, and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, an we can eat,
And say the Lord be thankit."

From Sema Wilkes in 1943 when she started a boardinghouse called Wilkes Dining Room in Savannah, Georgia:
"Good Lord, bless this food to us, and us to thy service, Amen. Enjoy your meal, folks!"

"For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends." ~~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Thank you Lord, Thank you Lord, For our being together, For this time, for this place, For your love all around us. Fill us Lord, Bless this food, Bless your church forever."

"Accept our thanks, Heav'nly Father, for these and all thy many blessings. Forgive our sins. Save Us. We ask in Christ's name. Amen." - Frank Mackey Corpening

"Lord, make us truly thankful for these gifts we are about to receive and nourish them to our bodies so that we might better serve you. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen." - Angus Jack Cope

"Heavenly Father, we thank you for this food and pray you would nourish it to our bodies and us to your service." -Mrs. Angus Jack Cope

"Heavenly Father, from the abundance of your streams, field, and earth, You have seen fit to bless our table, and we are grateful. We pray for your constant guidance in all things, and let us never forget to give thanks for the way You have blessed the hands of the cook. Amen."

"God bless the sick, the poor, and the hungry. Help the sick to get well, the poor to be happy, and the hungry to be fulfilled."

"Lord, make us thankful for the refreshments which we are about to be served, please pardon our sins. In Christ's name we ask it, Amen." - James Edmund McCutchen

"Lord, make us thankful for these nourishments we are about to receive." - Horace Attaway Burke

"Lord, we thank you for this most amazing day ... for this true-blue dream of sky... for the leaping greenly spirits of trees... and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is, YES. We ask your blessings upon this event, for the people assembled here and the bounty of our table. Amen." - Ben Moise invocation for an outdoor meal

"Thank You for the food we eat. Thank You for the friends we meet. Help us Lord, to not forget - quietness, kindness and respect."

"We thank the Lord above for this our daily bread. For His hand feeds us all, but much more He does bestow - a land where we are free to become all that we can be. A land where families may join without fear and thank Him one by one, each of us in our own way. Bless and keep us all dear Lord. A-men."

"For food to eat, good things to drink, for hearts to feel and minds to think, we give Thee thanks, oh Lord."

"For food to eat and milk to drink, for home and friends and minds to think, for all that tells us of your care, we thank You, God - help us to share."

"Gracious Giver of All Good, Thee we thank for rest and food. Grant in all we do and say, with thankfulness live this lovely day."

The following grace was said by nurses in a civilian hospital in wartime England, 1940:
"We thank the Lord for what we have. For a little more, we would be glad. But as food's so short and times so rough, we thank the Lord we have enough."

"We walk up to the table, we see the good food there. We thank our Heavenly Father before we take our share. A-men."

"For food to eat and loving care, for happy homes and freedom here, we thank You, heavenly Father."

"We thank Thee for the privilege of being together here. Be near to each one of us. Bless this food to our use and the ones who prepared it and Dear Heavenly Father, give us the aid of Thy Holy Spirit to guide us. We ask in Jesus' name, A-men."

"Creator and Giver of life, You make the sun to shine on the good and the bad alike. You send the rain to water the earth. Thank You for giving us this food and all good gifts, not according to our shortcomings, but according to Your boundless grace and mercy. As we eat and drink together, so fill us with Your love that we may love one another as You love us. A-men."

"Great God, the Giver of all food, accept our praise and bless our food. Grace, health and strength to us afford, through Jesus Christ, our Blessed Lord."

"Lord, behold our family here assembled. We thank You for the food we are about to eat, for the home in which we dwell, for the love that unites us, for the peace given to us this day. We ask that You give us courage, gaiety and a quiet mind that we may be temperate in wrath, constant in faith and to the gates of Heaven, loyal and loving to one another. Amen."

"May the meals, which we share, be sprinkled from above with Thy blessings and Thy grace, but most of all, with Thy love."

"Thank You for this food, but before I take a bite, I pray that one less child goes to bed hungry tonight."

"Thank you, Jesus, for our food and for our home so fair. Help us, Lord, to do some good and keep us in Your care. And bless our loved ones everywhere. A-men."

"Our health is given by this food; our food, dear Lord, comes by Thy grace. Our thanks we offer in return at every meal, in every place."

"We thank the Lord above for this our daily bread. For His hand feeds us all, but much more He does bestow - a land where we are free to become all that we can be. A land where families may join without fear and thank Him one by one, each of us in our own way. Bless and keep us all dear Lord. A-men."

O Heavenly Father,
We thank thee for food, and remember the hungry,
We thank thee for health, and remember the sick,
We thank thee for friends, and remember the friendless,
We thank thee for freedom, and remember the enslaved,
May these remembrances stir us to service,
That thy gifts to us may be used for others, Amen.

Table Grace for Old Friends
We thank you, Lord, for bringing our friends to our table tonight. We haven't been together for such a long time and there's so much to catch up on. We'll be talking way past midnight. But, Lord, before we dig into each other's lives, give us Your blessing through this beautiful meal before us. Let us be aware of Your presence here among us and let us feel Your hand in ours as we offer You our prayers and thanksgiving. Amen.

"Hello, Lord. Thank you for allowing us to come together to eat a wonderful meal, made from loving hands and hearts of the people here today. Lord, you know some in our family can't boil water and don't know the difference between grilled and burned, but their help has not gone unnoticed. They've run to the store for that 'vital missing ingredient' and have kept the little ones out of the kitchen. Today, we'd like to give you the praise and let you know it's our honor to be called your children. And for me, it's an honor to be a part of this family. Thank you, Amen." - Lynita (Stubby) Tate

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