Saying grace before a meal is one of the most common and universal forms of spoken prayer, the one sacrament many of us hold onto after others have faded from use. The following blessings were posted by Beliefnet members. They range from familiar to innovative, pious to pithy (for folks in a hurry).
Though we are a Christian family having Japanese roots we love a Buddhist blessing. Translated it is something like this: "For every grain of rice we are thankful for 1000s of workers. For every drop of rain we are thankful for God's blessings. Amen."
My favorite is a simple Jewish prayer, "Blessed art thou O Lord my G-d, King of the universe, who brings forth the bread from the earth".
Before the meal we pray: "Come Lord Jesus, Be our guest, And let these gifts to us be blest. Amen." Following the meal we pray: "We thank thee Lord for meat and drink, In Jesus' name we pray."
Creator, Sustainer and Life-giver, Bless this food to our use, and us to your service, make us grateful for all your mercies, and mindful of the needs of others. Amen.
An old Scottish blessing: Some hae meat and cannae eat. Some nae meat but want it. We hae meat and we can eat and sae the Lord be thankit. Translated: Some have meat and cannot eat. Some no meat but want it. We have meat and we can eat and [so the Lord be thanked].
We start dinner by all holding hands and saying "Bless us O Lord and for These Thy Gifts which we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful. Amen." If we want to add a special prayer we say "Father God we thank you for all your good gifts and blessings and we want to lift up (name) to you." Amen.
Smudging the food and self with sage smoke we say "We thank Great Spirit for the resources that made this food possible; we thank the Earth Mother for producing it, and we thank all those who labored to bring it to us.May the Wholesomeness of the food before us, bring out the Wholeness of the Spirit within us."
My parents taught me this growing up: God is great, God is good. Let us thank him for our food. By his hand, we are fed, Give us, Lord, our daily bread. Amen
I was raised Protestant, and the blessing was "Bless Us O Lord, for these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ Our lord, AMEN." Since becoming an adult, I have embraced the beautiful religion of Wicca and although my concepts of the Divine/Higher Power have changed, I still say a silent "off the top of my head" thank you prayer, such as "Thank you God and Goddess for all that you have provided. We are forever grateful for your blessings in our lives. So mote it be."
We as Mormons believe that a prayer should always be reverent and come from the heart. Meaning... Whatever your heart says to say for whatever prayer you would be having. But first to always say thank you. 2nd to bless. 3rd to ask. And to end the prayer to the One who taught us about prayer.
"Lord bless this food to our use and us to Thy service, and make us ever mindful of the needs of others.Amen."