Prayer is at the heart of our Christian life and is one of our most powerful responses to injustice. St Paul says “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).
Praying as a family before meals is a beautiful way of giving thanks for the gifts we have been given and asking God to help those who face injustice.
Start by printing a dice template and then paste or trace it onto cardboard.
Together as a family think about which justice issues you would like to pray about. You might choose current issues such as immigration, climate change and homelessness. On each side of your dice choose a different theme and write a prayer about it.
Those without food – Loving Father, thank you for the food we are about to eat. May it give us the energy to help and serve those who go without. Amen
Loneliness – Loving God, we thank you for the gift of this food that we share together as a family. Let us remember those who are lonely and do not have anyone to share a meal with. May we always be loving to those who feel lonely. Amen
Environment – Thank you Lord for our food. We remember those who do not have food due to natural disasters and the effects of climate change. Amen
War – Bless our food and those who make it. We pray together for those families caught up in violence - may peace come to their homes. Amen
Solidarity – Loving God, thank you for the food we receive, may we use the food as energy to stand alongside our brothers and sisters in need. Amen
For younger children
Draw pictures representing different themes on the dice. When using the dice for prayer, discuss the picture and then say a simple prayer together.
For older children
Watch the news or read a newspaper together. Write prayers focusing on current issues in the news that stand out to them.
Take it in turns each day to roll the dice to focus your prayer on justice issues before you eat.
Ask each member of the family to write a prayer for the side of your dice on an issue they are passionate about.
Homemade grace dices make great gifts for Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles and are a great way of spreading the message of justice and peace!