It is no secret for anyone who knows me - to also know - the kitchen is my least favorite room in the house. Not because it isn’t nice, I have a kitchen most would be happy to work in. It is because I don’t like taking the time to prepare meals. (Baking cookies is an exception.)
I had a grandmother who fixed grand Sunday dinners most weeks. She would begin her meal preparations before going to church. She might have two or all forty-two members of her family coming for dinner on any given Sunday. It was great fun going to Grandma’s spending time with my cousins.
What kind of memories will my grandchildren cherish about visiting us?
One Saturday our son stopped by with the kids when it was nearing lunch time. We wanted them to stay for lunch, but we didn’t want to spend much time preparing it.
Grandpa, presented our granddaughter, three year old Macy, her lunch options; chicken nuggets, pizza, ham and cheese, or grilled cheese. A vast difference from the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy I recall eating at my Grandma’s house.
We had just sat down at the table and began eating her choice of ham and cheese sandwiches. Suddenly, she exclaimed, “We forgot the Amen!”
Whoa! Out of the mouths of babes!
We pray before our meals sometimes, but not always. It seems to be dependent on how much time was spent preparing the meal. In essence we give thanks for fried chicken but not for sandwiches.
However, Macy had reminded us we had forgotten to invite the Amen, who is Jesus Christ, to the table with us. Of course, she was actually saying we hadn’t prayed. But the words God spoke to me, was that he wanted us to invite Him.
When we intentionally invite God to our meal table, we are thanking Him for providing our daily bread. We are acknowledging that all things come from Him. Furthermore, it is regular fellowship in His presence.
Do you pray before mealtime? Have you ever considered it more than a prayer of thanksgiving? The Amen is waiting for an invitation to come, dwell and even dine with you.
Dear Macy, Never forget your Amen. Love Grandma
Father, forgive us.
Please come and join us now.
Fellowship at the table with us.
We thank You for all your gifts.
We thank You for your presence with us.
We thank You for your daily bread.
In the name of Jesus, Amen.