Sunday, March 22, 2015

Things I Hate: Saying Grace Before Meals

I suppose the tradition dates back to times where it was a miracle for an every-day family to have food at their table. It's also a practice not exclusive to Christianity as some cultures do so as well. In Japan people commonly say "Itadakimasu" before eating a meal. But I don't see the point of thanking God for food, even if you believe in him. You have food because you or someone else worked for it, and we have plenty of it in this world after thousands of years of farmers learning by trial and error. If any deity had an effect of bringing food to a table, we'd have no starving children or hungry adults. 

18 comments:

Al Penwasser said...

I just KNOW this is disrespectful, but the very first thing which popped into my mind when I read the title was, "Grace?? She's been dead thirty years!"
Lord have mercy.

stephen Hayes said...

I don't come from a family that traditionally said grace.

Christine said...

we used to say it a lot in school, I was at a Catholic school

Bob Bushell said...

Too true.

Pat Hatt said...

Yep, pointless as can be. I just eat if I'm around any table and they try and say it lol

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I don't mind if people do this or not. Everyone chooses whatever makes them happy. I'm good with that.

Margaret D said...

Each to his own.

LV said...

In our country, we are a little more blessed. It is terrible how other countries have to live and so many little children under nourished. We were taught to never waste food,

Lauren Farrow said...

Saying grace is being grateful. This puts your thoughts at a high frequency and attracts things at the same vibration. High frequency is joy and happiness. Therefore, if a person makes a habit of bringing their frequency to that level they will create more joy and happiness in their life.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Where I was growing up, we learn to greet every elderly on the table before we eat.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I don't think it's a bad idea to indicate our gratitude for the blessings of life. It reminds us not to take our good fortune for granted. Having said that, I don't make a habit of saying grace. Guess I'm just another hypocrite!

Ann said...

Whatever you say,
I will say grace every time before I eat my meal.
To each his own.

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Theresa Mahoney said...

I don't say it, but will respect my family members who do. Every time I take my aunt out to lunch, she insists on saying grace. I'll let her finish, then will eat my lunch.

Mary Kirkland said...

I'm Agnostic so I don't say it. If my family wants to which they never do, that's fine.

Anonymous said...

I like this grace: Good food, good meat, good god, let's eat.
I never say it, though.

bj said...

I wouldn't touch this subject with a 10 ft. pole

Kay said...

I've never thought of "Itadakimasu" as a prayer. It merely means I will now partake of this meal. It's a polite and humble thing to say before a meal.

Unknown said...

I hate saying grace at Sunday and I hate church I believe in Satan and not God of Christ