Mealtime Grace

Exodus 12:5-11, 14, 26-27 (NKJV)

5     Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

6     Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight.

7     And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.

8     Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

9     Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails.

10   You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire.

11   And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover.

14   ‘So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.

26   And it shall be, when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’

27   that you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.’ ” So the people bowed their heads and worshiped.

Luke 15:22-24 (NKJV)

22   “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.

23   And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;

24   for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.

Making the Most of Family Mealtimes

  1. Strive for consistency
  2. It doesn’t have to be dinner
  3. Involve your children/grandchildren in meal preparation
  4. Say grace
  5. Teach manners
  6. Use the 10-50-1 rule:
    1. 10 minutes of quality talk
    1. Children get to speak 50% of the time
    1. Introduce one new word at each meal
  • Get a good conversation going
  • Talk about family history
    • Develop in your children an “intergenerational self”
    • Express an “oscillating narrative”
      • The ascending narrative: Always “up”
      • The descending narrative: Always “down”
      • The oscillating narrative: We will make it through up times and down times

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