Mon. March 25

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.
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.

Today’s prayer

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.

6 thoughts on “Mon. March 25

  1. Lisa Mantz

    How can you not praise God for all His blessings? This blog, for me, has become one of those blessings. In reading the daily scripture or prayer or reflection I have seen the holy spirit working EVERY DAY in my life. That is SO COOL!

    I will share a story about a soup kitchen where one of the ladies who brings donation items from a local grocery store told me that when she leaves the store with the food, they tell her that “this is the food for the homeless.” Although some people who are there ARE actually homeless, some are not. They go for the nourishment of the meal, the community, and mostly for the fellowship in Christ. It not only nourishes the people who go there to eat….it feeds the souls of those who help prepare and serve the meal.

    Verse 15 especially popped out at me. “The eyes of all look to You, and You given them their food in due season.” For me that “food” has been for my soul.

    Blessings to all….

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    1. Pastor Jerry

      That is soo cool! I think table fellowship with Christ is an incredibly important aspect of our faith journey, yet we often use “fellowship” meals and “potlucks” almost like a “punchline” in our church jokes. Truth is that the fellowship offered around a meal is pretty central to many people’s life of faith! Thanks for sharing!
      P,b, &l
      PJ

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  2. Anthony/Karen Favinger

    In reading today’s reading I must confess that I do not always remember to say a prayer when eating out with other people. I think I am caught up with talking and just forget. I am also more comfortable with a silent prayer. For some people praying in a restaurant may be intimidating as you rarely see others praying. At the soup kitchen that Lisa mentioned there is always a very heart felt prayer that touches the hearts of many people, feeding their souls before their stomachs.

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  3. Pastor Jerry

    I always find this an interesting topic. I am in the habit of offering an “outloud” prayer before eating… even when I eat by myself. I don’t have any issues praying at restaurants, but that could be seen or viewed as part of my vocation. I will share that when I pray at restaurants and I am in “normal” clothes, I am often surprised by people who will come to me and share that they were glad to see me pray. I do pray in my head if I am an invited guest with someone who doesn’t offer or desire to pray, I don’t want my host to feel uncomfortable with following their normal table habits, though in honestly when they see me bow my head, they probably know what I am doing. I think for me, the most important thing is simply to give thanks to God for the bountiful life the Lord has provided.
    P, b, &l,
    PJ

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    1. Mel Olenwine

      Ok….challenge on for me. I will now pray before every meal. Or at least try and remember. No I WILL remember. This will be my remainder Lenten challenge. 🙂

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  4. Mel Olenwine

    For a person who prays at all times throughout the day, I must confess I rarely pray before a meal. When the kids were home and we sat at the table every night, we always prayed before dinner. Now that we rarely sit down at the same time to eat (sad, I know…) I just…forget. 🙁 I will say I come from a very large family who gets together for all holidays. There is never a holiday gathering where we don’t all stand in a circle, hold hands, and sing the Doxology before the meal. My mother started that tradition many years ago and it just stuck. It doesn’t take long for the young children to learn it and sing it “by heart” and it’s always fun to watch the expressions on guests’ or new family members’ faces the first time they encounter it. I personally tried to switch it once or twice to “AS the Grains of Wheat,” which most of us also know by heart, but old habits (and prayers) die hard apparently. Amen.

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