Some folks refer to the prayer said at meal-time as “grace”.  In our family, we always called it “the blessing”. 

Blessings are sometimes spontaneous prayers, but many times, they’re the memorized ones that we learned in our childhood.

This is the one that was said in our house when I was growing up. It’s simple, easy to learn, and meaningful even to a child.

God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for this food.

By His hand, we must be fed. Give us, Lord, our daily bread.


Motor Man says this blessing before our meals:

Dear God, make us truly thankful for the blessing we are about to receive.


My Granddaddy died before I was born, but I remember hearing that he always said the blessing before meals.

So a few days ago, I contacted one of my cousins to ask what blessing Granddaddy said.

I was surprised to hear that it was the same one that Motor Man says! Only Granddaddy added an extra sentence at the end:

“Bless this food and bless the cook”.

Since Grandma was cooking for 14 people, I’m sure she appreciated those extra words at the end  – added just for her. 


This is a Moravian blessing that I cross stitched years ago. It’s one of my favorites.

 I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving, with many blessings.


5 responses to “Blessings

  1. What an appropriate post for this Thanksgiving eve! With all the food and hoopla about Black Friday shopping, we tend to forget the reason we’re celebrating.

  2. I’m thankful for wonderful neighbors! Have a great Turkey Day! We’ll be spending it with Adam in Kitty Hawk. If you come down…stop in for some leftovers!

  3. My Granpa always prayed “Thank you for the vittles. Let’s eat!” 🙂

  4. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    My family did and still do say the same prayer that you do. I am having Thankgiving at our house with my daughter Chani and my oldest grandson Andrew. My younger grandson Curtis is with his Dad and other set of grandparents in Georgia. We will miss him! Also I am very happy and blessed that Chuck’s Aunt Mary (who I love dearly) 88 years young and grandson Jimmy are coming. I wish you and all a very blessed
    happy Thanksgiving.

  5. My daddy would say-“Thank you Lord for the food we are about to receive and for the may blessings of this family. AMEN” short & sweet-KC is a man of few words. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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