“Mama, what are dybountys? What are dygifs?”

As our babies become toddlers and their vocabulary explodes (or at least their ability to mimic words), they can start to be part of some family prayers. To bridge the gap between the I-can-say-Grace time and the I-understand-what-Grace-means time, we’ve been trying to provide some simplified versions:

Let’s ask God to bless our food: Bless us our Lord…
Let’s thank God for that wonderful dinner: We give thee thanks…

Not that this completely clarifies the mystery of what God has to do with what we’re having for dinner, but it’s a good start. The rest of the discussion can happen during dinner. Over many dinners.