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Atheist values 2
on: July 20, 2017, 08:32


Just recently update this, I hope you like it

Just recently update this
Hope you will like it
SECULAR GRACES pinched from the internet

From Reginald Le Sueur
To the Farmers and Growers,
To the Butchers and Bakers,
To the Cooks and the Caterers ;
--we give thanks for this meal.
(Myron Morris)

“For this food we about to receive,
We thank those who produced it,
And those who transported it.
We thank those who prepared it,
And those who serve it,
And those who clean it after us.
Let us now sit down and enjoy it”.

We are thankful for the food on this table
We are thankful for this time together
Our thoughts go out to family and friends
We hope that they are safe and well
Let's eat/dive in.

Earth we thank you for our food,
For work and play and all that's good,
For wind and rain and sun above,
But most of all for those we love.
posted by McIntaggart at 3:39 AM on August 24, 2005 [2 favorites]

And a short meal gatha:
"We receive this food in gratitude to all beings
Who have helped to bring it to our table,
And vow to respond in turn to those in need
With wisdom and compassion."
My son learned this one in his Montessori school (natch), and we use it quite a bit in our agnostic home:

I am thankful for green grass under me (I am thankful/grateful )
I am thankful for blue sky over me (I am thankful/grateful )
I am thankful for good friends beside me
I am thankful for good food in front of me
and peace all over the world.

posted by Scoo at 7:09 AM on August 24, 2005

good food, good meat, good vegetable, thank all those whose made it possible, let's eat/dive in.

Also addressed to Nobody In Particular, I've said:

For the meal we are about to eat,
for those that made it possible,
and for those with whom we are about to share it,
we are thankful.

posted by ThePants at 9:42 AM on August 25, 2005 [3 favorites]
For bacon, eggs, and buttered toast
Who eats the fastest gets the most!
Earth who gives to us this food
Sun who makes it ripe and good
Dear Earth, dear Sun, by you we live
Our loving thanks to you we give.
For our friends,
for our families,
for our meal,
we are thankful.
We are so grateful for this food,
it restores our strength,
it heals our bodies,
it fuels our brains.
Thanks to the earth for the soil.
Thanks to the sky for the rains.
Thanks to the farmers for the harvest.
Thanks to our friends for the love.
May this meal we're about to share help our spirits shine brighter.
May this brightness send darkness away and
warm the hearts of strangers.
audrey 10:40 am on Nov 18th

Love this post and I think your graces are awesome. My little family (the 3 of us) do follow a spiritual practice but the blessing we use before meals is so simple and non-denominational-ish my non-religious family has adopted it. It is in the call and response style, and translated is this:

We sit and eat together (we sit and eat together)
We sit and eat together (we sit and eat together)
We sit and eat in peace (we sit and eat in peace)
Emily 11:38 am on Nov 18th
I love these! I'm the chaplain of our local Grange, and I'm always looking for ways to express thanks before a meal that don't feel exclusionary to any of our diverse members. Currently, we use this one:

For the bounty here before us,
The hands that brought it to our table,
And the company in which we share it,
We give thanks.
(All: We give thanks.)
mbirn 6:27 pm on Nov 18th

For the Food Before Us
For the Friends Around Us
For the Love Between Us
We give thanks.

It embarrasses the snot out of my teenage daughter when she friends eating with us. But I like the ritual, better than just diving into the grub.
tashamonster 9:22 pm on Nov 19th
i work for a preschool and we say a very long winded prayer but i like the end the best and could work (i'm replacing the word God with earth)

Thank you for the world so sweet
Thank you for the food we eat
Thank you for the birds that sing
Thank you, Earth, for everything
Another favorite was also this classic:

In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Whoever eats the fastest, gets the most.

That's not necessarily Atheist, however.

posted by stovenator at 12:23 AM on August 24, 2005
vasiliki Jan 16, 2014 11:35 AM

Our family is atheist, but my husband, I, and 8-year-old son always say "grace." We either have a minute of silence where we listen to the sounds around us and think about what we are thankful for (my son loves this because he begins and ends the minute with a pretty "clink" of his knife to his water glass), or we say my son's Montessori blessing:

We are thankful for the food before us
We are thankful for the friends beside us
We are thankful for the love among us
We are thankful
Let us enjoy good food and good drink,
And let us thank all whose efforts have set them before us;
Let us enjoy good companionship,
And let us each one be good company to the others;
Let us enjoy ourselves, without guilt,
But let us not forget that many are less fortunate.
We give thanks for the plants and animals who have given themselves so that we can enjoy this meal together.
We also give thanks for our friends and family who have traveled here today.
May this meal bring us strength and health.
I hope this food taste nice
Because it had been to the floor twice! 😀

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Re: Atheist values 2
on: July 20, 2017, 08:43

Here is another the link that I missed.

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Re: Atheist values 2
on: December 2, 2017, 16:52


For more research on values or details, please check out this following link

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Re: Atheist values 2
on: December 6, 2017, 13:44

Thanks Coffee. I wouldn't use the terms thanks or grateful as it may imply the question "to whom?" Better to appreciate or value than be thankful, I suppose.

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Re: Atheist values 2
on: December 15, 2017, 19:29

Thank you Alcuin for the suggestions.

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