November Gratitude E. Stone 4 Provision
Growing up I learned through the ritual at mealtimes to give thanks for the food. Â We would hold hands and often we sang our grace. The point was to thank God for the food;Â saying thanks before a meal isÂ a deeply biblical and historical practice.
In the Old Testament Jethro thanked God before sitting to eat meat with Moses (Exodus 18:12).
In the New Testament when Jesus was with a hungry crowd, He took the loaves, and gave thanks, and distributed them to the company (John 6:11).
Paul recalls one of the most intimate of moments Jesus had with His disciples at their last supper, â€œThe tradition which I received from the Lord, and handed on to you, is that the Lord Jesus, on the night when he was being betrayed, took bread,Â and gave thanks, and broke it.â€Â (1 Cor. 11:23)
For some families a prayer of thanks before a meal is termed â€˜saying grace.â€™ The term Grace actually stems from the pre-Elizabeth English word â€œgracesâ€ which means â€œnothing but thanksgiving.â€
That family ritual is a gesture that reminds me to regularly pause, take a deep breath and acknowledge that all I have comes from God and I am honoring Him by saying â€˜thanks.â€™
Thank you for your daily provisions for me. Â
This post was inspired by Dan Crane’s Ears to Hear