As we raised our boy’s we started the tradition of praying before we ate. Everyone needs to sit and wait until each person is seated. I’m the mom who makes you dish up the food from the counter where it is prepared. So, sitting waiting for others to make their way to the table can take a little time, especially when you are hungry.
The prayer is said by my husband. As the boys grew old enough, then they took turns saying it. Our custom is to add a prayer about our current family situation and end with asking for a blessing for the cook who prepared the food. As the cook, I have always felt very appreciated each time the blessing is said.
It is a daunting task to continue to plan and prepare meal after meal. Every prayer is needed to keep up with this chore. For me, it is difficult to keep a positive attitude. I regularly go through dry spells of not being able to figure out what to make. This can get me into a negative frame of mind.
Many years ago, during our meal prayer, as I sat impatiently waiting for the prayer to conclude with the blessing to help me. It dawned on me that I needed to take my negative attitude in for a ‘checkup’ with God. The reason was because I had hit a “meal prep block”. I couldn’t think of anything else besides spaghetti or meatloaf. There was no creativity and no “Pinterest”! My mind was blank. I began to resent the responsibility. I needed help!
I remember talking to myself. It went something like this, “God, I know I need to make one or two meals every day. I get sick of doing it. I don’t know what to make any more. I’ve run out of ideas. I need your help.” God gave me idea. Take my mumbling and grumbling and turn it into a prayer – a “meal prayer”.
Since that time, until now, my prayers go like this, “God, we have plenty of food in our home, please help me create an idea for a meal today.” Nine times out of 10 within a short time, God plops a meal idea in my head.
I say this prayer daily, early in the morning. It allows me to stop the frustration and anger I can get at being responsible for preparing oodles of meals. I’ve turned my once complaining, baffled thoughts of “what should I cook today” to “I need your help God”. This twist in thinking has resulted in many more pleasant days.
I encourage you to think about your “meal prayer” and see what God plans for you.