Monday, April 25, 2016

5 Mealtime Prayers for Children {free printable}

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Children learn to be fearless in their faith by watching those around them.  One of my favorite traditions that our family has is saying grace before meals.  There's nothing that warms the heart faster than seeing little hands folded under bowed heads, while their tiny voices give thanks for their food.  In talking with other parents here and there, I've been asked what we say at grace.  We have several poem-like prayers that we recite, while other times we freestyle it.  Here are some verse table prayers for children and their families.  Some of them are from my childhood.  Others are ones Bear learned at Preschool.  Here they are...

God is Great
God is great.
God is good.
Let us thank Him for our food.
By His hands, we are blessed.
Thank you, Lord, for this daily bread.

Come Lord Jesus
Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest,
And let this food to us be blessed.

Thank You, God, for Everything
Thank you for the world so sweet.
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing.
Thank you God for everything.

The Yummy Prayer
For all food yummy
That fills my tummy,
Thank you, God!

We Fold Our Hands
We fold our hands.
We bow our heads.
We thank you, God,
For this daily bread.

Another thing that we often do is to go around the table after grace is said and share one thing that we are grateful for.  It's an excellent way to tap into the little things that are important in our children's lives.  It also helps me stay grounded and remember that though I may get stressed over lunches, laundry, and cleaning house, there's always something to be grateful for.

Get these prayers for your family in this free printable!

Whether your family already practices mealtime prayer, I'd love to hear how you do it.  If it's something new that you're trying out, I want to encourage you to be fearless.  Like any new thing, there's a bit of awkwardness those first few times...especially when it comes to publicly doing something as personal as prayer.  Don't worry about saying the "right things"... God knows what's on your heart.  Speak to him like you speak to your parents or a friend.  Use the prayers in this post as a prelude to your own personal prayers as a family.  Prayer makes families stronger!

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