‘Bless this food’ will never go out of date - The Packer

‘Bless this food’ will never go out of date

08/16/2013 12:02:00 PM
Tom Karst

Blessings for food that started with “Come Lord Jesus,” or “God is great,” or “For food and health” were missing from the compilation.

Missing also was a passage from Psalm 145 my grandfather would often recite for table grace: “The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.”

“Grace” is most meaningful and honestly attractive when it takes free form expression, a chance to give voice to a specific thought or burden that needs expressed, even if the prayer forgets to mention the food.

The next time you are gathered for a general session breakfast at an industry trade show and someone stands before the podium for an invocation or a blessing before the meal, don’t think of the exercise as anachronistic or a throwback to your grandfather’s produce association.

“Bless this food,” or some variation, has been invoked for thousands of years.

For those who produce the wheat that makes the bread and the growers who pack the lettuce that makes the salad, asking for a blessing for the food and the hands that prepared it will never be a worthless gesture.

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tkarst@thepacker.com

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