Sue's Prayer Reflections September

Something to do

Then Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to heaven, and gave thanks to God.” As we come to the Harvest Festival, and thank God for His provision for us, I wonder if you generally say Grace at meal-times? Sadly, I only tend to remember when I have guests and there hasn’t been a crisis in the kitchen! Perhaps now is a good time to start, using your own words, or reading one. Some of you may have one of those wooden cubes with a prayer on each side. If not – why not make one from card? – And here are some prayers you may like to use:

Thank you for the hands that sow the grain, 
Thank you for the hands that fish the sea, 
Thank you for the sunshine and the rain, 
Thank you for the hands that care for me. 

Food for our hunger, water for our thirst, 
Shoes for our little feet, but first things first: 
Thanks be to Heaven, Thanks be to God 
That we go satisfied, sheltered and shod.

O God, to those who have hunger give bread, 
and to us who have bread, give the hunger for justice. 

That last prayer provides a link to other matters we may pray about: justice and provision for the poor and needy; care for God’s earth; the practice of welcome and hospitality.

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