You don’t pray before eating to bless the food. You pray to give thanks. You pray to keep yourself in check. You pray to remain mindful.
How many people were involved in getting that food to you? The farmer who owns the land. The worker who harvested it. The trucker who transported it to the store. The stocker and the clerk at the store. Or perhaps you go to the farmers market? There are many people involved no matter where you buy your food.
That food doesn’t just happen. It didn’t magically appear in front of you.
If you eat in a restaurant, there’s the manager, the chef, and the server.
Many many people are responsible for this food that you are enjoying. Be mindful of them. Give thanks for them. Send them a blessing.
Then there are others. The bees who pollinated the flowers that grew into the fruit you eat. The worms and ants who loosen the soil so the roots can get water. The sun. The rain. Even if you grow your own food, you aren’t the only one involved.
We are just a tiny part of this, and it is through collective effort that we are able to enjoy the life that we have.
It is good to stop and be mindful of this. It is good to not take anything for granted. It is good to be in a constant state of thankfulness.
Bless this food that it may heal me, and through me, I may heal the world. Amen.