” For what we are about to receive , Oh, Lord make us truely thankful”. Amen.
This is a prayer we pray daily when we are about to sit down and share a meal with others. Little thought is given to whom and for what we just asked for.
Mealtimes provides us with many opportunities . Customarily ,we would celebrate an special family event with a meal. Likewise when we meet with our friends we socialize around a meal with the aim to maintain our friendship.
Famliy celebrations or any social -get to- gether encompasses a certain amount of planning and organisation not forgetting the preparation of the meal.
When we sit down to eat , we focus on what has been set before us to eat. It is then that we pray this prayer :
” For what we are about to receive Oh Lord, make us truly thankful. Amen.” By praying this prayer we are asking God to make us truely thankful. We are giving God the right to change our mindsets to one of thankfulness.
At mealtimes we receive more than just food. When we intentionally look around who are we sharing this meal with , we will be amazed . It may be members of our closed family or extended families or our dear friends.We are asking God to make us truely thankful for our families or the friendship we have with our dear friends that we are sharing this mealtime with.
Mealtimes is a good time for family members and friends to turn up and be present . Nothing can replace a family unit or a valued friendship.Its foundation are build on a mutual understanding and a love relationships with each other. Every time we meet as friends or family this bond is strenghtened .
We have friends that we have been friends with for years and they have become part of our family, resulting that some of our special friends are invited to our family celebrations .
These gathings grant each member the opportunity to reflect and value the interaction we have with other family members or friends . This social interaction accompanied by a meal is important to our emotional well-being as individuals . The sense of belonging and love, according to Maslow hierarchy of needs , is higher than the physiological need of a human being and this need is met by the meal set before us.
Although it has become a habit to ask God to make us truely thankful , it is a good habit. We are acknowledging that we need God’s help us to continue to love the food we eat and love the ones we eat it with.
We should endevour by God’s grace to continue to ask God to help us with developing an attitude of gratitude.
This prayer: ” For what we about to receive , Oh Lord make us truely / sincerely thankful / grateful.
Grateful for :
- Family and friends. I am blessed i am not eating alone.
- Everything that money cannot buy : hugs ,kisses and lots of laughter.
In the word of God we are adviced to:
Give thanks in all circumstances , for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Asking God ,at mealtimes when we are present with those we love , to make us truely thankful, is but a small request we make to God , acknowledging we need his help with every day living it is also important for the legacy we will be leaving behind. A legacy that we need God’s help with everything we need to do.