Bless This Food
Giving thanks before meals is the most common form of spiritual nourishment.
Not by Bread Alone
Back in Girl Scout days we sang the "Johnny Appleseed blessing" taken from the American folktale: Oh, the Lord is good to me, And so I thank the Lord, For giving me the things I need, The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed. The Lord is good to me.
My family often has silent grace when each of us talks to the One who is truly listening. After a few moments, my husband says, "Amen." If someone isn't finished praying, we wait respectfully until he/she is, then carry on with the meal.
From forest and stream, from mountain and fields, from the fertile Earth's nourishing yields, I now partake of the Divine Energy; may it lend me health strength and love.
Sung: For the golden corn and the apple on the tree, For the golden butter and the honey from the bees, For the fruits and nuts and berries we gather on our way, We praise the loving Mother (Earth) and thank Her everyday.
Today may we appreciate this food and remember those who are hungry. May we appreciate our family and friends and remember those who are alone. May we appreciate our health and remember those who are sick. May we appreciate the freedoms we have and remember those who suffer injustice and tyranny. Peace on earth. Amen
My favourite table blessing comes from camping days in Guiding. It is meant to be sung: Back of the bread is the flour, And back of the flour is the mill, And back of the mill is the wind and the rain, And the Father's will.
Earth that gives us all this food, Sun that makes it ripe and good. Dearest Earth and dearest Sun. We won't forget what you have done. on this food. Amen.
As an adult & a vegetarian (for the last 23 years) I use: "We thank G-d for all the food placed before us for which no living creature has been sacrificed & may there be Peace on earth Amen."