and we don’t teach our children this fine habit. Have we really become less devout? Not as much as is thought. What has changed is the pace of the modern meal, and the tradition has not changed to keep up with it.
Which is a crying shame. Gratitude is very mentally healthy. Even Atheists would benefit for expressing their gratefulness to the cook(s) who prepared the meal, the servers who put it on the table, the transportation engineers who brought it to the grocery store, the folks at the grocery store, the farmers who grew that we might live.
the food and the plants and animals who gave up their lives that we might live. But we aren’t going to turn into Victorians, not ever again. We’ll never again live in an era where we sit down at the table at the same time or get up at the same time. Children cannot be expected to wait until their Adults quit serving the food and sit down too. does destroy
It isn’t’ just mean to make them wait to start eating. It’s a health issue. Hypoglycemia really, truly does destroy brain cells. Hungry children SHOULD get food into them as quickly as they can. All too often dinners are later than they should be due to our hectic lives. And people don’t all sit down and get up at the same time anymore.
And God is not a Meany. He doesn’t want to keep children hungry any longer than they have to be, and Parents are wise not to make Him the meany in the eyes of their children. What to do? Oh the solution is ever so simple! Remember it’s a tradition not a Biblical commandment to thank God at every meal.
We don’t eat like our ancestors ate and we don’t have to keep this tradition the same as our ancestors practiced it, to please God. We can change the tradition to make it fit our hectic modern lives, and God won’t care. In fact He will be pleased that we still chose to remember Him at our meals.
Say grace in the middle of the meal! And God can hear just fine with all our eyes wide open. He isn’t offended if forks and spoons keep moving towards hungry mouths while we thank Him. And God is not Emily Post, Miss Manners or Martha Stewart.
He doesn’t even care if we talk with food in our mouths. To God you can talk with your mouth full, and at any other time. He made the food, He made our mouths. He made our digestive tract and sees where that food goes, what it does, and yes, even where it goes.
He doesn’t even care if we talk with food in our mouths. To God you can talk with your mouth full, and at any other time. He made the food, He made our mouths. He made our digestive tract and sees where that food goes, what it does, and yes, even where it goes. This does not offend Him. the middle of the meal.
What hurts His feelings is when we ignore Him. So don’t ignore Him. Just pray to Him in the middle of the meal when its most likely that everybody is sitting down at the same time.