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Table prayer

What are some ideas for having children lead grace?

Q: Thanksgiving seems to be a perfect time to have a special prayer offered at the table.

What are some ideas for having our children lead grace during this day of thanks?

designpicsA: Don't put pressure on the kids to feel as if they need to "perform" a special Thanksgiving Day prayer.

Instead, let them say what they feel in their hearts.

After all, a vital aspect of prayer is simply allowing the Spirit to open our attention to Christ's presence in and around us.

The exact words we speak aren't as important.

One idea to try is a "popcorn prayer," which lets family members individually speak up and offer thanks for the blessings in their lives.

It could be as simple as starting: "We give God thanks for ..." and then seeing where this somewhat spontaneous prayer takes your family.


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