For food, for raiment (meaning clothing),
For life, for opportunities
For friends and this fellowship,
We thank Thee, O Lord. Amen
A few months ago I attended a conference of the Extension Professionals Association of Florida. As the FANREP (FL Assn. of Natural Resource Agents) president I was slated to emcee a luncheon that hosted about 350 guests. I was told by my colleague who was in a supervisory role, to make everyone feel welcome, but not to say a blessing for the food. I knew why, because after all, we're a government organization, 'church and state", and that rationale. I can understand the concept, but at the time I didn't feel right. Midway through the lunch, I interjected a comment of apology to the audience for not saying grace, because after all we have a lot to be thankful for, and in lean budget and economic times, we need all the divine help we can get. After the luncheon five or six people told me I handled it well.
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