Monday, June 11, 2012

Another page from my cookbook

When I'm sick of seeing my last post and can't summon up the creative energy to write a real post, I fall back on posting something from my Family Cookbook and Memories. Here is a reminiscence (does anybody still say table grace?)




15 comments:

Buttercup said...

We didn't say grace at home, but we always sang grace at Girl Scout camp, which I loved.

Teresa Evangeline said...

We said the traditional before meal prayer at our house growing up, but with a slight variation: "Come Lord Jesus, be our guest and let this food to us be blessed." Pretty straight-forward. I no longer say a prayer before meals, but it seems like it would be a good way to also honor the food I'm eating and to be mindful as I do so. I just may give it a try again.

Sparrow chic said...

Being a chic of Ms Sparrow, my family has always said grace using the before meal prayer. Now that there are grandkids, we make a point of saying it even more.
The 1st time when #1 granddaughter was at my house for a meal, we all said the traditional prayer. Followed by Amen. We lifted our heads, and she started clapping !! Reinforcement to the max !

Jane and Chris said...

Always said in my head,always said at special meals, always said with friends who 'get it'...but I should say it more often.
Jane x

Ms Sparrow said...

Buttercup: I think making grace a community thing makes it special.

Teresa: We still used the old-fashioned "King James language" version back in those days. When we get together for Thanksgiving, we use the modern version.

Sparrow Chic: And then there are those moments when granddaughter #2 says grace, "I pledge allegiance..."

Jane and Chris: I agree that there are those appropriate times and places to say grace.

Linda said...

I find it sad that people have forgotten this wonderful tradition. Giving thanks should be (in my opinion) a daily habit and for everything, not just meals. I am old fashioned, though, and a christian, so I am sure not everyone will agree with me. Great post!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I used to sometimes say grace, with girl guides for example or with certain groups of friends when I was a student. It wasn't something i was brought up with & it's not something i still do

Ms Sparrow said...

Linda: I'm sure you're not alone in always saying grace. There are a lot of reasons why many of us don't do it anymore. For one, eating in front of the TV!

Crafty: I don't think there's as much emphasis on saying grace as there used to be.

Linda Starr said...

Saying Grace is a celebration of the bounty we are so lucky to have that is for sure.

Mitchell is Moving said...

Not something my family ever did. My sister-in-law and her family always did it and now that their eldest son has a family of his own, he and his wife always do it with their three kids. I'm respectful, but it has always made me a bit uncomfortable. If it were just the adults, I would graciously decline, but I participate for the sake of the kids.

Ms Sparrow said...

Linda Starr: We have a lot of bounty to be thankful for in our country!

Mitch: It's nice to go with the flow when the situation calls for it.

Ms Sparrow said...

Linda Starr: We have a lot of bounty to be thankful for in our country!

Mitch: It's nice to go with the flow when the situation calls for it.

Janet said...

God is good,
God is great,
Thank you for our food.
Amen

(Said quickly if one of us children had the responsibility.)

While I don't say grace at home, it is a staple at family gatherings with a prayer made up in the spot.

Knatolee said...

I'm a fan of the pseudo-grace! :)

Ms Sparrow said...

Janet: I think your grace is probably a more American-type version.

Knatolee: I'm not sure where I picked up that version, but it's good for a laugh!