I’ll say, “Did you pray?” and she’ll say, “Oh sorry thank you Jesus for this food” as fast as you can imagine, because the prayer was the only thing that was standing between her and that yummy half-filled spoon of mashed potatoes she didn’t quite get to finish off but so desperately desired to eat.
It is at these times I take advantage of the opportunity to explain to her the reasons why we give thanks to God for allowing us to sit down together and eat a hearty meal. I let her know that there are children all around the world who are hungry at that very moment. I let her know that some families only get to eat in one day half the food we eat at dinnertime.
By the time I am finished explaining to her the reason for giving thanks, she is convinced that we should always take time to give God thanks.
Why don’t you take time next time, before you pray for your dinner, to explain to your family the reason why you give thanks.
Furthermore, let me close on this note, being that we are in the Thanksgiving season.
It is not about Black Friday, nor about being greedy — it’s about being thankful.
The Rev. Edward G. Jimenez is pastor of The Pentecostals of Patterson. Sermon Notes is a column by local religious leaders.