Sunday Sentiments is an attempt to record what God has been teaching me and the way in which He does it.
Friday night as I sat on my couch, eating dinner and watching TV, I realized I hadn't thanked God for my meal.
This is nothing new, mind you.
Ever since reengaging my faith post-college, I have fallen out of the habit of praying before meals. If I'm eating with a friend or family member, we pray. For some reason, I seem to think I'm exempt from praying when I'm eating alone.
This is not the first time I'm noticed my lack of mealtime prayer but it is the first time I've decided to change.
It puzzles me really. I pray all throughout the day, thanking God for various things and praying for the people I see or interact with. Why doesn't this extend to my meal? I'm not less thankful for the blessing of food than I am for the other things God does in my life.
This makes me wonder though. If I'm living a grateful life, then does it matter what time of day I'm thanking God. I could see how mealtime prayer could turn in to something to check off the list, another legalism.
Most of my solo meals are in front of the TV or with a book. I don't often sit in silence, savoring the food and reflecting on my day. There is certainly time for reflection but it's not connected to mealtime. And I love food and love eating but unless it's a new recipe or one of my favorites, I generally don't stop to marvel at how delicious it is.
Maybe my entire eating habit needs to change.
Maybe I need to eat in silence more, which will encourage me to ask that my mealtime be blessed and acknowledge my gratefulness that God has provided this food.
Do you take a moment to pray before eating? Is it important to do so?