13 Things to Say for Grace

Reciting these gratitude prayers and mealtime blessings (ideally around a table while surrounded by your nearest and dearest) can help you recognize the beauty in your life.
1. When You’re Grateful for Much More Than the Food

Prayer from Miraculous Silence by Mitra Rahbar (Tarcher/Penguin)
2. When Your Favorite Time of the Year Has Arrived

Prayer by Nancy Byrd Turner. From Bless This Food by Adrian Butash.
3. Because Your Heart Explodes at the Thought of Cooking and Eating with Family and Friends

From Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh
4. A Quiet Invitation to Reflect

Prayer by Ralph Waldo Emerson
5. When You’re Trying Hard to Shed Fear, Anger or Uncertainty

From A Book of Blessings by Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
6. Remembering All the Small Things You're Fortunate to Have

From The Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan by Hazrat Inayat Khan
7. A Blessing for a Family That’s Had a Difficult Year

From “Earth Prayer” by Mark Nepo
8. Giving Thanks for the Opportunity to Move Forward Towards Your Dreams

Prayer by Barrie Shepherd. From Alive Now, May/June 1974.
9. When All You Have to Do (Right Now) Is Enjoy Your Seat at the Table

From Grateful Table: Blessings, Prayers and Graces edited by Brenda Knight
10. For Those Disheartened by Recent Senseless Events

From The Complete Poetry by Dr. Maya Angelou
11. A Reminder to Appreciate the Sun and Golden Leaves While You Can

Thanksgiving Day Prayer” by Walter Rauschenbusch
12. The All-Encompassing Way to Give Thanks

By Lauren Imparato, author of Retox: Healthy Solutions for Real Life
13. A Blessing for Those Who Seek Peace and Solace

From Illuminata: A Return to Prayer by Marianne Williamson