My husband and I are not grace before dinner people. However, I like the idea of starting dinner with something to help us stay mindful and thankful. Maybe for some, that’s the definition of grace. I was never sure what that should be. I like toasting and for me, this definitely has its place, but it doesn’t fully satisfy a desire I have for a mindful tradition. I recently bought A Grateful Heart: 365 Ways to Give Thanks at Mealtime by M.J. Ryan (affiliate link).
Tonight, in the book I found a Hawaiian prayer that struck me. I love the simplicity of it. I love the imagery it provides. I’m going to see how it feels to read before dinner this week especially as the summer solstice passes by. Or, more realistically, maybe I’ll try it with my own breakfast tomorrow morning while Daniel Tiger plays in the background.
O the east, O the west,
O the north, O the south,
O above, O below, O the sun,
Recognize me the fisherman.
Look at the grumbling, at the fruitfulness
We are first; ours is last.
Give recognition to me O the sun, the rain, the windy
day, the quiet day
My day of course is that of the fisherman.
Provided with line and hook,
O sun give me life
And to my wife, my children, my parents.
– Prayer of Thanksgiving said by Hawaiian fishermen after catching a fish