In homes all across the world before a meal is served a prayer is said. So before starting this chapter in my blog about cooking, food, preparation and etc I find it fitting to start with a note about prayer.
Growing up prayer was always said before meals whether in our home or visiting family. My brother and I knew that no matter how hungry we were; the prayers were said first!
My German grandmother or Oma Z would prepare meals that looked as if they had come out of the pages of a European cuisine magazine or cookbook-she seriously gave Julia Child a run for her money! Oma Z would also take the dinner prayer as an opportunity to make it more than just about food. Her prayers were known to include family members back in Germany by name, or thankful that she was able to have all of her children and grandchildren around the table at one time (a rare feat), sometimes it was also keeping us kids in check by praying that we focus more on our studies. Nevertheless, Oma Z was looking out for us in more ways than one and looking back it makes me thankful because it also shaped the way I would pray when I needed help or guidance in my life.
At home I didn’t know it but I was one of the few children in America to grow up with all members of the family sitting around a table for dinner every night. Prayer was there also, usually shorter but just as genuine as Oma Z’s. Looking back I am so thankful for those meals as they not only strengthened our family bond night after night but also appreciation for mom and dad cooking every night and making sure we were all together.
Sharing a few of my favorite prayers growing up and today-
I keep this book (gifted to me by my Mom) on the counter in the kitchen reminding me to be thankful for our blessings.
The Johnny Apple Seed Prayer
Oh, The Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need
The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed
The Lord is good to me.
Earth Water Air and Fire combined to make this food
Numberless beings gave their lives and labor that we may eat.
May we be nourished that we may nourish life.
Thank you God, for the food before us,
The friends and family beside us.
And the love between us.
Bless Our Home Father
that we may cherish
the bread before there is none,
Discover each other before we leave,
And enjoy each other for what we are while we have time.
Thank you for the world so sweet;
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing;
Thank you Lord, for everything!
God is good
God is great
Thank you for our food.