Writing about Burns Night and the Selkirk Grace got me thinking about grace before meals. In my family growing up, we alternated two children’s graces:

Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything.


God is great and God is good.
And we thank him for our food.
By his hands we all are fed.
Give us Lord our daily bread.

I remember singing the Johnny Appleseed grace at Girl Scout camp:

Oh, the Lord’s been good to me,
and so I thank the Lord
for giving me the things I need
the sun and the rain and the apple seed.
Oh, the Lord’s  been good to me.

When our daughter was small, she came home from church school with this, which we still use:

May we have eyes that see
Hearts that love
And hands that are ready to serve