Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melekh Ha’olam – A sonrise prayer

God is great, God is good… Good God, good meat, good gosh lets eat… Thank you Jesus for our food (to the tune of ‘London Bridge’)… I’ve heard all those graces said or sung at meal time. One striking thing to me about the Hebrew Passover Seder, besides all the wine they drink, is the constant weaving of prayer throughout the meal. I mean they give thanks for everything. That’s the point isn’t it? In all you do, whatever you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God(I Cor. 10:31). But seriously, can you imagine sitting down to a four course meal and having to interrupt your pleasant mealtime conversation to say a blessing before each course? Hold that thought dear, the salad is here. Finish up in a minute, Ray, here comes the sorbet. You do know what sorbet is for don’t you? If you said dessert think again! At one such dinner Jesus was reclining with his friends and he took a cup of wine – there were at least four – and he blessed it: Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melekh Ha’olam, borei p’ri hagafen, and he gave it to them. Praise to You, LORD our God, Sovereign of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine. My declaration each morning and evening as I stroll the vineyard: Praise to You, LORD our God! The reason the vineyard exists, and me too, and you. Praise to You, LORD our God, Sovereign of the universe!

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