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We got an email from a guy who found himself in an awkward situation at dinner at his girlfriend's house. Her dad asked him to say the Blessing before the meal. Well, this guy didn't know a proper prayer. He said as a kid he sometimes said, "Good Bread, Good Meat, Thank God, Let's Eat." But that wouldn't work in this case. So, he started naming each food and thanking God for it. He realized he was going WAY too long and wasn't doing a good job. He called it "the most uncomfortable event" of his life.
I know that feeling and was in that position a time or two. Saying the Blessing is a lot of pressure if you aren't used to doing it. It makes me think of the scene in Christmas Vacation when Aunt Bethany was asked to say the Blessing and said The Pledge Of Allegiance instead. That is NOT acceptable in most situations.
So, here is a simple dinner prayer that you can memorize and use in every situation.
Dear Lord, thank you for this food.
Bless the hands that prepared it.
Bless it to our use and us to your service.
And make us ever mindful of the needs of others.
Through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.
Hope that gets you out of a sticky situation sometime in the future.