July 31, 2014
Written by Steven Liechty

Quinn G. Caldwell

"…they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people." - Acts 2:1-46

Here in Acts, we find a description of how the church, in its very earliest days, ordered its life.  And there in the list next to holding all things in common, is saying grace.

I believe that grace at table is a dying art, a practice that more and more of us see as something that PK's have foisted upon them by their minister parents, and which nobody else need bother with.  But I'll tell you what: saying grace actually works.  Saying words of thanks actually makes me feel more thankful.  Pausing before digging in helps me enjoy the meal more.  If the people in my house have been snappish before dinner, we're less snappish after praying.  If we haven't given God a thought all day—much less spent the day together in the Temple—we can't help but think of God when we're talking to God.

I think that one reason table grace is dying out is a lack of good material.  While "Rub-a-dub-dub, thanks for the grub, yaaaayyyyy God!" surely is a fine one, many of us long for something with a little more depth, even if we do want something with the same amount of vim and brevity.  So UCC, it's time to help each other out.  Let's all teach each other the best of the best here (And here's one of my favorites.) What's yours?


For giving me the things I need, the sun and rain and the apple seed and a church to teach me how to pray, thank you.  Amen.

About the Author
Quinn G. Caldwell is the Pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church, Syracuse, New York, and the author of the forthcoming All I Really Want: Readings for a Modern Christmas.

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