How do we say grace before we partake in our dinners. Of course there are many families that say nothing before their meals. The first to be thanked is usually God in our grace. But sometime we take for granted all the efforts that were used to put the food on our tables. The following is a quote from Oyasama upon seeing animals such as fishes or pheasant served at the meal:
Everyone, when you eat them, please say ‘delicious, delicious,’ to them. If you eat them with delight, due to the principle of giving joy, the next time they will be advanced. Each time they are reborn, they will progress closer to man.
This may be unusual for most people to say thanks to the food we consume. For those who believe in evolution and reincarnation, this may make sense; but even for those who do not believe, giving thanks to nature may not be out of the norm.
The following are observances from a friend:
Appreciate the many people and their efforts that helped bring and prepare the food on our plates.
The plants and animals we are about to eat once harbored life. Have compassion for them as we are partaking their life when we eat them.
Appreciate the blessings of heaven and earth that allowed everything to grow before becoming the ingredients for the food we are about to eat.
Appreciate the workings of the body that digests the food we partake, turns it into nutrients, and discharges what is not necessary. *
In summary, food goes in and comes out. Fortunately it is not as simple as it sounds. By the grace of God, many remarkable events and tasks must occur before we have digested the last morsel of food. Imagine also the myriads of things that must of occurred before that meal is placed before us. We have much and many to be thankful for!
* Resource from Tenrikyology.com