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Feb 18 2007

Dinner Prayer

When I was very young I learned the classic dinner prayer:

God is good, God is great
And we thank Him for our food

It is still my favorite and the most common one I say. I have just now learned that, me being me, I never quite said it the "correct" way. It is supposed to be:

God is great, God is good
And we thank Him for our food
(-or- Let us thank Him for our food)

I've never had any ability for music, rhyme, beat, or anything remotely relating to such concepts, so the notion that "good" and "food" should end each line or stanza was lost on me. 632-drew-praying.jpgI'm sure my mind was far more concerned with the concept that one would normally follow one adjective with a greater adjective and not the other way around. You wouldn't say that something is great...it's good! Much more likely, you'd say that something is good, it's great! For example, this is cold, it's freezing! That building is big, it's huge! It just doesn't work the other way around. Hence, I think, the reason for my version of the prayer.

So, now I've passed on my altered version of the dinner prayer to our three year old son Drew who, in true Danz fashion, has added his own change. But, unlike my arbitrary twist, his change makes the prayer BETTER, and I am so proud of him:

God is good, God is great
And we thank Him for His food

Did you catch his change? Drew thanks God for "His" food. It's so subtle that I missed it the first few times, but he says "His food" every time. I think it's brilliant! Of course, the food isn't "ours," it's God's, as in all gifts come from God. We shouldn't be thanking God for our food but, rather His food. And, I learned this from a three year old. Thank you Drew!

At the time of this writing, a Google search for the three phrases "god is good," "god is great" and "thank Him for our food" returns 578 results. A search for the first two phrases and "thank Him for His food" returns zero results. Drew, you are an original!

[Update] Now with video goodness:

YouTube version after the jump.

Posted by Don |


  1. Isn't it interesting how there are different versions of this prayer? I grew up saying, and now my oldest says it: God is great, God is good, let us thank him for our food. By His hands we all are fed, thank Him for our daily bread.

  2. It could be worse. Believe it or not (and as confused as it left me at the time), I thought this is what I heard them saying on Romper Room:

    God is *bad*. God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. Amen.
  3. #3
    Mario said on December 14, 2009 | Reply

    Every Prayer should be listen by the Lord, even as a simple Prayer.

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