Blessing | Food | Grace | Prayer | Rituals | Tradition | Value

A pastor was visiting in the home of one of his parishioners. A small boy in the home started reaching for the potatoes before the blessing was said. His mother gently scolded him. The boy was confused. Why were they at the table, except to eat? As the adults bowed their heads to say grace, the child suddenly caught on. As his father started to pray, the boy, shouted, “Hey, Dad! Could I be the one that talks to the plate this time?” There are times when prayers have so little forethought and passion that those who are offering these prayers could easily be talking to their plates.

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