Boy Scout Before Meal Graces
Reverence and 'Duty to God' are ideals in Scouting that can easily be overlooked in the emphasis on advancement and skills. A simple way to keep ourselves mindful of being reverent is to say a before meal grace when camping. Graces don't have to be solemn, somber prayers - there are a lot that are fun and funny which makes them more memorable. Give your scouts a chance to grow in spirituality by promoting the reverence aspect of scouting by adding a blessing before each meal.Graces for: Lions Tigers Wolfs Bears Webelos Boy Scouts
Oct 18, 2012 - Garland Walker
Scouts need to learn the proper place for silliness and entertainment. Offering a prayer intended to make those around us laugh is offensive because it implies that we care more about what others think than what God thinks. God definitely has a sense of humour and wants us to have fun at appropriate times, but isn't grace before a meal intended to show our gratitude to God for His bounty which He graciously shares with us? There is a place for prayers that are informal but those are not public prayers for the benefit of a group. I love to recount the silly and humorous things my children do that bring me joy as part of expressing gratitude during my personal prayers. Often our family prayers have disintegrated into uncontrollable laughter. Those prayers are more intimate and private, where we dispense with the formality on occasion.
As an organization that embraces many ways of worship we need to be careful about the unintended message we could be sending.
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