Re: Table graces for camp
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Mon, 17 Jun 1996 11:25:46 -0500
Paul Brown wrote in one of the few times I disagree with him:
>Excuse me. We agree that a scout is reverent. And, I think that applies
>to Cub Scouts, too. I see nothing but irreverence in the above grace,
>and suppose that other "funny" graces would be equally deficient in
Since there may be others like-minded, I'll take the risk by sending this to
The grace he referred to may have been "cutsey" but I wouldn't call it
irreverent. It gives thanks for the food they are about to receive. It
gives thanks the kids' parents. It give thanks to their God. As far as a
before meal prayer for young kids, that seems quite fine. That the melody
is the theme song for the a older television song is irrelevant.
Yes it is silly, but if this silliness helps the kids to remember to pray to
their Creator -- however they see him -- I am hardpressed to find fault. I
really don't think He would mind, either.
One of the driving forces behind the Reformation was to bring religion to
the people by offering services in their native tongues. It also made
extensive use of music of their day as the basis for hymntunes. I suspect
we would be amazed if we knew the origins of the more popular hymns of the
This continued and blossomed during what I will call a "revival" in
nineteenth century America (I can only speak about the US) when many of the
hymns we still love today were written. Now this is being "rediscovered"
today -- unfortunately with mixed success. The difficulty lies in how to
use the musical vernacular of the day without becoming trite or irreverent.
IMO, young children saying a meal prayer to some catchy tune is but a
logical extension of this. I have not found any of the ones posted yet to
have crossed that line from "cutesiness" into irreverence.
Keep those prayers coming! <g>
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