Say Grace

Beautiful Giant Meringues with chocolate bottoms…cheeky!
Cake display and a well stocked larder

Roast Vegetable tarts….
A few weeks ago a good friend and I strapped our collective little people into her people mover and went on a short road trip. All in aid of finding time to talk and share a coffee. We ended up in a little town 45 minutes from home and a simply gorgeous cafe, Penny Carson’s Say Grace. Lovely food, great coffee and an ambient, inviting space. We loved it and so did the little people. I did wonder about the origins of the cafe’s name – does the owner the love Jesus and say grace  before each meal. Was it simply a play on words, a nice one at that?
I did leave Say Grace thinking that few of us who do say grace probably need to take time to reflect on what we are doing and why. It is a good thing to do, a tradition that speaks volumes to those we share our food with.
In the book “ A Meal with Jesus” Tim Chester writes the following:
“We need to rediscover the rhythm of “saying grace” before meals. Perhaps some of us need to discover this for the first time; others may need to refresh what has become a stale habit. What do we express when we say grace?
  • Our daily dependence of God as creatures and sinners.
  • Our dependence on others as we give thanks for those who grew, processed, bought, and cooked our food.
  • The goodness of food, thereby transforming our food from fuel to a gift to be relished.
  • Our gratitude to God, thereby reorienting ourselves away from self and back to God.
  • Our gratitude for community as we ask God’s blessing on our fellowship over the meal.
How important it is to be reminded of these wonderful truths. What a difference they make to our enjoyment of God and food and each other. If only we had three opportunities each day to remember and enact these truths!” (Page 73)