Well I've got some new ideas for you!
Growing up, my family had one prayer: the ol' classic, "God is good. God is great."
For many years of my childhood, here is how I thought that prayer went:
God is good. God is grape.
Lettuce thank Him for our food.
By His hands we are fed.
Thank you for our daily bread.
To my kid-brain logic, the goal of the blessing was to fit in food items you may eat and want blessed. I got in one general and three specifics. No bad!
My wife insists that my family's opening is wrong. She started with God being great, not good, which throws our family's prayer unity into chaos as she and I say good and great at the same time creating a ping-pong effect with our kids' heads.
In the spirit of not getting stuck and bored, she and I have discovered and incorporated new blessings into our family dinner time. Our kids especially like singing blessings (which has made eating at public restaurants quite awkward for yours truly at times - I know, I know, get over it Keith).
Here are a few we use now:
The Lord's been good to me.
And so I thank the Lord.
For giving me the things I need,
the sun and the rain and the apple seeds.
The Lord's been good to me.
Amen. Amen. Amen, amen, amen. AHHHH-MENNNNN.
You sing that one. It's called the "Johnny Appleseed." I don't know the tune from which it's derived.
Then there's this one:
God our Father. God our Father.
We thank you. We thank you.
For our many blessings. For our many blessings.
That one is sung to the tune of Frère Jacques.Did you know there is an Addams Family blessing? (Snap. Snap.)
Or a Superman blessing? (Thanks Cyndi!)
Or a Flintstones blessing? (Don't teach your kids to scream God or Jesus' name like Wilma on this one.)
Or a M.C. Hammer blessing? (Can't touch this...food until it's blessed.)
There's also a Gilligan's Island blessing (luckily not as long as a three-hour tour), and a blessing to Queen's "We Will Rock You" (fist pounding the table optional).
If your family is ready to shake things up a bit and add some variety to saying (or singing) grace, take a look at the collection at the Boy Scout Trail website. Warning: the music is excruciatingly cheesy and painful to listen to if you are a music snob like me. Here's another site that has a decent list too.
As I find new resources and collections of blessings, I'll add them here. So feel free to bookmark this page for future reference.What about you and your family? What blessing did you grow up saying? Did you say the same one like my family, or did you mix it up?
And for those of you with children, what's your kids' favorite blessing?
The comment box below awaits your reply.
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