On tigers, ninjas and saying grace
My favorite mealtime grace came courtesy of a family friend’s three-year-old granddaughter, who–overwhelmed by that first-time pressure of being the gathering’s spokesperson-to-The Almighty–chirped: “God is great, God is good, (long pause) catch a tiger by the tail. Amen.”
A close runner-up occurred in my own home, not long ago, when my five-year-old grandson Rowan agreed we should co-deliver the blessing for an extended-family feast.
The plan, as I understood it, was for the two of us to express how grateful we were for everyone’s presence, how thankful we were for All Things Great and Small, and for Rowan to teach the tribe how to say thank you in American Sign Language. His being a recent first-lesson graduate, and all. The plan, as he understood it, also involved some impressive ninja kicking, before and after.
The God I believe in got a great laugh and gave Rowan a righteous thumbs up. ‘Cause if your heart’s not in it when you’re saying thanks, something big is missing.
Kate says the best blessing is that offered up by her Uncle Bob at our family gatherings. She told me, years ago, that his from-the-heart conversational style told her he really knew the Being on the other end. And her stepmother Mary’s family is partial to singing the first verse of the Johnny Appleseed blessing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_IrdS-zu48 Being a bit nontraditional at times (big surprise), my collection also includes some lighter-hearted ones from the Rev. Peter Holloway of Australia:
Good Lord, Bless these sinners as they eat their dinners. Amen
For Bacon, Eggs and Buttered Toast, Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
But my mood today as the chaos in Cairo continues evokes this one from the Huron Hunger Fund:
For food in a world where many walk in hunger;
For faith in a world where many walk in fear;
For friends in a world where many walk alone;
We give You thanks. Amen.
With such a legacy to draw upon, I’m curious to know what Lily’s favorite will be.
I’m thinking we should offer her the whole banquet.
“If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is thank you, that would suffice.”
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