Everyone is thinking about making new year's resolutions. I suggest an easy one that is very rewarding.
Say grace. Saying grace before meals reminds us that above all food is a gift. It's a reminder that we are nourished and cared for by divine and human hands: by the God that turn the planet and the seasons, and by the labor of bakers and bumblebees. Our meals depend on the work of the men and women working night shifts in a cannery or stocking shelves at the mini-mart.
And this year I resolve to remember to pause for a second before eating a lunchtime sandwich to remind myself: Yes, even this is grace--to remind myself to say thank you.
Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.
James 1:7 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.