11.19: Saying Grace and Thanking God for His Grace — There’s a Difference

As a kid, growing up Catholic, I don’t remember ever “saying grace” before a meal. My dad worked in retail and most of the time he was rarely home for dinner. So, it was me and mom and we ate sitting in front of the TV. (Do you remember TV Dinners?) We never got into the habit of thanking God for providing the meal. On occasion when we went to someone else’s house for dinner — especially Thanksgiving — that’s when the host or hostess would pause to say grace.

As a single adult living in Miami, my church used to hold a community Thanksgiving dinner. It was always hosted by someone with a large enough house to hold around 30 people. Someone made the turkey and we all brought a dish to share. Yes, it was a potluck Thanksgiving and it was fun. That’s really when I first started occasionally saying grace before a meal. But, it was only with a group — at a potluck. By myself, I never did.

It’s taken many decades of struggles for me to realize that EVERYTHING I have — food included — it’s because God allowed me to have it. He gave me the skill, knowledge, and experience to earn a living and buy the food. Even when money’s tight, I am able to go to a food pantry to get food. He always provides. Now, I thank Him before every meal. Not always before the first bite, but I do thank Him.

Role Models Saying Grace in the New Testament…

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