|Written by Bill Hanks|
You have been asked to give the Thanksgiving prayer or toast. How do you know what is appropriate for your group? This article takes a look at how to make the appropriate toast or prayer for your Thanksgiving Holiday meal.
When you consider a prayer or a toast, there are two things that you have to take into consideration. Those two things are situation and people. If the situation involves many of the same religion, the prayer can be the same as that of the church. Different religions can mean different types of prayers. So you have to be careful not to offend anyone. With many different religions, just refer only to the word "god". God is a universal word instead of Jesus, Yahweh, Mohammad or any other particular name.
If you have a large group to deal with, it best to stay with a toast of achievement and goal oriented success. You can also use the word "thanks" without reference to religion.
There are some toasts that combine both a toast and a prayer. This balancing act is a little hard to do, but can be pulled off with a little work in advance. Use the toasts at beginning and end your talk with a simple blessing of the food.
Finally there is the around the room toast of thanksgiving. In this toast, each individual gets to say one item that they are thankful for. This can take some time, depending on the number of individuals.
If you are selected to give the prayer or toast, consider it a special honor. The people that selected you, did so for a reason. They have respect for you and the direction that you will take on your presentation.
If you are in charge of selecting someone for the toast or prayer, here are some suggestions. Select the oldest individual present, select a returning Vet, the person that traveled the farthest, a minister, a person of achievement or a person of statute.
I have always felt, that if you give a toast or prayer from your heart, that you can't go wrong.