Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Pleasure of the Blessing

The youngest reminds me,
a few bites into the meal.
Mama, we didn't say the blessing.
And you know, I'm one who prays at dinner,
but not at breakfast or lunch.
Silly me.
And so, my youngest,
her eyes squeezed tight shut,
her hands clasped together fervently,
she bows her head and lifts her voice,
to the Father in Heaven that she knows hears her.
And after the amen, she asks so sweetly,
some food still in her mouth,
Mama, doesn't your food taste better now?
And I say, in reply,
Doesn't everything taste better when we give thanks for what we have?
If only I could live this out every day,
being thankful in every circumstance.
But often I grumble, looking at what I don't have.
At times like these, I'm thankful
for the words that come forth from the mouth of my babe,
bringing life,
new perspective,

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  1. What a sweet post. :) You have a lovely blog. I am visiting from the Simple Pleasures gathering. Stop in for a visit if you get a chance:

  2. This picture drew me here. Extremely moving.

    My youngest (now 18) just had surgery today due to intense abdominal pain (they found 4 things to 'fix.') So this image of a young one praying connected on several levels. Great post.


  3. Oh what a tender capture of your little girl! And your prose is so true! Sometimes, even our little ones remember to be thankful better than us.

  4. oh, how true "out of the mouths of babes" really is! love it.

  5. What a beautiful photo - aren't children precious!!
    And how often they draw us back to God with their sweet ways.
    This was lovely Jen.
    Reminds me of my boys when they were small :-)

  6. The minds of children are always thinking and considering and coming up with the sweetest things to contemplate. Their innocent explanations and expressions are priceless! God bless you and yours, Tammy

  7. You know it is such a simple thing and yet I don't often pray over my food. I heard someone in a church once describe communion as something Christ asked us to do, to remember Him, everytime we eat. I so need to heed this.

  8. Children have such a sweet and pure faith. Lovely! (visiting from Imperfect Prose).

  9. Lovely the part about life tasting better with gratitude and thankfulness.

  10. This is beautiful and a great reminder that will linger with me today. Thanks!

  11. I just love this and the picture is priceless.

  12. That's one smart -- and sweet! -- little girl. She gets it from her Mama. :-)

    Blessings to you ...

  13. This is so sweet. Aren't children so wise? Love the picture..frame-worthy for sure.


  14. So, so true...and just how many times does that lesson come out of a child? I know my six have taught me over and over again. Precious post

  15. Oh, what beautiful sermons when our little ones preach!

  16. my baby is 11 months...he fold his hands at every no?

  17. Sweet pleasure and blessing ... bet your food did taste better !!!

  18. such a sweet truth from your beautiful daughter.

    p.s. love the new blog look!

  19. Jen, what a precious post, and a precious daughter. Made me miss those sweet days of childhood.

  20. What a lovely post. And the picture is priceless. You should share this at the Thankful Thursday meme @


  21. How uplifting and how sweet your lovely child. Thank you for this moment of innocence and kindness...

  22. What a beautiful, meaningful, bringing-one-up-short post! Of course the food tastes better after a blessing!

  23. So sweet, I remember when my children were little they would do the same thing. May you have a blessed week.

  24. Doesn't it taste much better now?

    She just preached a little sermon in less than ten words. Well done, good and faithful mommmy.

  25. I found you today through Imperfect Prose.

    I am often so humbled when my littles remind to bless the food. To stop and remember. Thank you Lord for childlike faith.

    grace and peace to you today,

  26. I love the beauty of a child's simple prayer. "A little child shall lead (me)."

    Blessings, friend,

  27. oh jen.... how humbling, to have our children teach us, and how honoring too, to know we, in the beginning, taught them... such a tender, poignant post. thank you.

  28. Sweetness.
    Truth & sweetness; yummy good in the gratitude!
    Teri @

  29. just as God is teaching Ann..she teaches us and all taste better when we give thanks first! wow...:) happy Friday friend. Enjoy

  30. what a lovely post. it reminds me of the days when my children were little. they grow up so fast!


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