Monday March 25, 2019
Today’s Focus Table Blessings
Today’s Scripture Reading Psalm 145:8-16
The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The Lord is good to all,
and his compassion is over all that he has made.
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your faithful shall bless you.
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
and tell of your power,
12 to make known to all people your[a] mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your[b] kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words,
and gracious in all his deeds.[c]
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling,
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand,
satisfying the desire of every living thing.
Daily Reflection Luther on Table Blessings
The children and the members of the household are to come devoutly to the table, fold their hands, and recite:
“The eyes of all wait upon You, O Lord, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living creature.”
Then they are to recite the Lord’s Prayer and the following prayer:
“Lord God, heavenly Father, bless us and these Your gifts, which we receive from Your bountiful goodness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Similarly after eating they should in the same manner fold their hands and recite devoutly:
Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good, for God’s mercy endures forever. God provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they cry. God is not impressed by the might of a horse, and has no pleasure in the speed of a runner, but finds pleasure in those who fear the Lord, in those who await God’s steadfast love.”
Then recite the Lord’s Prayer and the following prayer:
“We give thanks to You, Lord God our Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord for all Your benefits, You Who live and reign forever. Amen.
Some questions for reflection
I find it very interesting the habits we exhibit and teach those around us about “table blessings.” Please answer the following questions based on your personal experiences.
- If you regularly pray at meals, is it a formal prayer spoken aloud, or a private prayer spoken in your head?
- If you don’t regularly pray at meals, what keeps you from praying?
- What makes it difficult for many people to pray in public places, i.e. restaurants
Today’s discipleship challenge
Please share the responses to your reflection questions with the group or a trusted friend.
Most gracious God, according to Your wisdom the deep waters are opened up and clouds drop gentle moisture. We praise You for the return of planting and harvest seasons, for the fertility of the soil, for the harvesting of the crops, and for all other blessings that You in Your generosity pour out on all people. Give us a full understanding of Your mercy, that our lives may show respect, gratefulness, and care for Your creation; through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.