These and This: Gratitude at the Table

We were all gathered around the kitchen, pots and plates and dishes loaded with food beneath our noses. My dad was hosting his first-ever chili cook off, and he had just pronounced my uncle Fred the winner. On his notes, my dad had commented about Fred’s soup: “like Wendy’s,” of the fast-food chain fame.

“Let’s pray before we dig in,” my dad said, transitioning from competition to communal feast.

So all these people I love – some from the same blood, some even deeper than that – bowed heads and my dad began.

“O gracious Lord,” he said. “We are thankful for all these and all this. Amen.”

“Great prayer,” my younger sister, Sierra, said, referring to the brevity. The little ones were squirmy, the food smelled delicious, and a long prayer might have been difficult to sit through.

I laughed.


I am kicking off a November Thursday series on gratitude over at The High Calling this morning. Join me there?

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Charity Singleton Craig

Charity Singleton Craig is a writer, author, and speaker, helping readers grow in their faith and experience true hope in the middle of life’s joys and sorrows. She is the author of My Year in Words: what I learned from choosing one word a week for one year and coauthor of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts.