Denise Day Spencer

August 5, 2008

Rote rite

Filed under: Home Front — denisedayspencer @ 8:08 pm

I have absolutely nothing against memorized prayers. I use a number of them myself on a regular basis. What gets tricky, though, are those prayers we pray that are not formal and memorized on purpose, but simply repetitive out of habit. Case in point–a recent conversation at our house.

I’m used to bringing home food from our school’s dining hall, prepared by our cooks. But the other night I cooked and…well, it went something like this:

ME: (asking the blessing) “…and we thank You for this food, and we ask Your blessing on those who have prepared it. Amen.”

CLAY: Mom. You prepared the food.

ME: Oh. (happily) Well, I just blessed myself!

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