I was watching a film the other day and the family sat around the dinner table. One of them said grace – “For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful”. This set me thinking about what these people were actually telling us about themselves or, at least, the one making the statement.
So many people say these things because they were raised to say them. Adults, people in positions of power, taught their subservient children by rote to say and do these things and, probably without really thinking it through, they automatically repeat them for the rest of their lives. “Thank God” ~ “God bless you” ~ crossing themselves before a football match ~ “God help me” ~ “God be with you” ~ “Bless me” etc. Do they really think the creator of the universe is actually hearing these half-meant pathetic pronouncements?