Another week has rolled by…and we have many things to be thankful for. The great news is that our check up with the doctor told us that we’re in better health post-malaria than we were before! So like the story goes: ‘Good luck, bad luck, who can say.” ūüôā
We’ve also decided to try and have our dinner real early – between 6.30- 7.00 pm – I know a lot of people around the world do it, but in India most of us tend to eat a heavy meal rather late. So far, this experiment is working well for us…we seem to have more time and are more organized about our food. Let’s see how we can keep this up.
Here I am writing this post after an early dinner of rotis, bhindi (okra), some beerakaya chutney (ridge gourd – called beerakaya in Telugu) and a cucumber salad. Even if I made it all myself – I must say it was good. Lunch was great too….¬†Spaghetti¬†and meatballs made by my personal chef –¬†Jos√©. It was great……..
Talking about food makes me realize how grateful we should be for it – especially when we think about what an integral part of our lives it is. Food represents health, abundance, celebration. To think that there are so many people without proper nourishment, should be reason enough for us to give thanks at every meal.

We have a family tradition to give thanks before and after every meal – a prayer called the grace. It’s either a silent prayer or this one:
Bless us, O Lord, and these thy
gifts which we are about to
receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen.

A cousin of mine, when he was little, would always say ‘which we are bound to receive’. It was cute but it also made me think about how much we take food for granted. We think it is our right to receive it and forget to give thanks.

I will never forget the young street children who lived in Divya Disha’s home, who had been taught a simple but most beautiful prayer by the warden. It went like this:¬†Bless this food and make us good! What more is there to life after all!

Here’s another grace before meals – a Scottish one – ¬†called the Covenanter’s Grace:
“Some hae meat that canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.”

My translation: Some have food but cannot eat (possibly because of health or emotional reasons)
Some want to eat but have no food (poverty, lack of access, etc)
But we have food, and we can eat (we’re blessed!)
So let the Lord be thanked for it.

There are many ways of giving thanks for food, but it’s important that we do give thanks.

May you be inspired (and grateful) – everyday!