Finishing grace before dinner with family, one of my grandkiddies, Makayla, asked why we say a prayer before dinner. She has been doing this since a toddler; but, now was looking for the rational for the action. “We pray to thank God for the gift of this food before us and ask Him to bless us,” said my hubby. “Well then, we need to say grace before we eat anything,” was her reply, “even when we have a snack or drink water.”
Yes, she was right and I told her so. But what do I do? I certainly thank God before all my meals; but, what about those snacks…the times I half-thinking reach into the refrigerator to munch on something, anything. My mind is usually thinking of something else and that reach into the frig may be a bit of boredom or stress. What about those times?
When Makayla mentioned praying before even drinking water, my head popped up a bit; I just heard that at Sunday Mass. “Each time you drink a glass of water, pray for those who have no clean water to drink,” requested a missionary sister. After the gospel at all the Masses she was asking for assistance for the missions. She said we can help the missionaries in three ways: with a monetary gift; by encouraging our young adults to volunteer a year of their time to assist at a mission; and by praying for the missionaries. “Each time you grasp the doorknob to your front door, pray for those who are homeless,” she added.
Yes, the water…I drink lots of that during the day in a large thermos glass with a screw on top and plastic straw. It’s filled with ice and fresh, clean, cold water. No, rarely do I think to thank God for that gift of clean water every time I partake of it. I had forgotten what the good sister requested and my granddaughter unknowingly reinforced the request for prayers and the need for thanksgiving. It always amazes me what little ones teach us!
Then, I couldn’t help but to think of all the other gifts God has so graciously bestowed on me…the house with heat, air-conditioning, running water…warm water for showers; the bed with a soft mattress, sheets and warm blankets; the car that makes walking long distances a physical fitness exercise not a means of transportation; appliances large and small. And with the mention of appliances, what about electricity, making candles strictly for ambience!
I do thank God for all His gifts; but, I would like to be more conscious of these everyday. That would be another way to be centered in God’s presence. To look at things differently. To see all things as gifts from God. To realize many, all too many are less fortunate and to pray frequently for them and what they are forced to endure each day. And the good sister…to keep her and all the missionaries in my prayers.
May God generously bless you and all those you love.
Dear God, Thank you for all Your blessings. May I always be aware of Your gifts in my life. May I always pray for and help those less fortunate. Amen