Friday, October 30, 2009

Who to Thank?

Posted by Leona Bergstrom

My almost 3 year old (going on 13) grandson visited me this weekend. I announced that I had made him some very special pasta for dinner. When we sat down I said our dinner grace. (My mistake – I should have let HIM do the praying!). I simply said “Thank you Jesus for the food. Amen.” To which Noah replied, “Why?”   “Why what?” I asked. “Why Jesus?” he quizzed.

Oh wow. Here is the grandma moment I’ve been waiting for. My chance to pass on a heritage of faith.

“Well, Jesus made the food  for us to eat and we should thank him for it.” (Not a great answer, but it was fast.)

His response: “I thought you made it. Why Jesus?”

Hmmmm. How do you explain that God provided the wheat, the rain, the tomatoes, the money to buy it — everything. I just fixed it. Kind of like explaining faith and works.

Next time I’ll stick to: “Dear God: 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. Amen” That covers it and is really pretty great theology. God provides all we need to do all He asks us to do.

(Photo by SP8254-on a break, shared via Flickr)

1 comment:

Karla said...

At dinner we alternate between the Jonny Apple Seed Song and the Lord's Prayer.

When we sind the Apple seed song the kids like to that the Lord for the "applesauce" instead of apple seeds. ;)