And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. John 6:11
Norman Rockwell’s painting “Saying Grace” portrays two young men scrutinizing an elderly woman and a little boy thanking the Lord for their meal. It reminds me of a little story I heard once,
“A farmer who was a loyal church-going Christian was spending the day in a large city. He entered a restaurant and sat down at the table near a group of young men of the world. When his meal was served, he quietly bowed his head and said grace. One of the sophisticates thought he’d have some fun with the farmer, and he said in a loud voice, “Hey, Pop, does everyone do that where you come from. The old man looked at him and replied, “No, son, the pigs don’t.”
If our Lord and Saviour publicly gave thanks for His food shouldn’t we also?