Advent, 1st Sunday. Vigilate! It means to stay awake and watch. What are we watching for? First, to keep out unsavory characters. How often have we let in distractions and kept out the Lord? Spend some more time in prayer this Advent season, and pray about what Christmas activities truly matter. Second, we are watching for our Lord. His blessings all around us and as close as our dinner plate. Try starting the habit of Grace Before Meals this Advent season. Watch and see God’s blessings unfold before your very eyes.
(30 Nov 2014)
Point to Ponder: What gets in the way of noticing God’s blessings each day?
Point to Discuss: How do you feel saying grace before a meal at a restaurant or at work?
Traditional Grace Before Meals
Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts,
which we are about to receive from thy bounty,
through Christ our Lord. Amen
Traditional Grace After Meals
We give thee thanks for all thy benefits,
Almighty God, who live and reign for ever.
[And may the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.] Amen.