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Sveta and I thank God as we sit down to eat…

Many years ago Sveta started to do something that just recently came to light in my mind. We say a prayer before we eat, whether at home or at a restaurant. It is the same prayer and it never varies, but we say it and we mean it…

We say the short version:

God is Great, God is Good;
Let us thank Him for our food…


I told her about saying prayer before meals was normal as when I was a kid and that people are leaving the prayer in the dust as time goes by. She listened to me, as she always does and that surprises me, for I never had a wife that cared anything about what I said. After she thought about what I said, one day she started to say the prayer. I said it with her and then she never stopped saying it. It was important to her and she has no beliefs at all about that there is a God. The Soviets were just that way in large numbers and besides that past she had, it has become normal for us after all these years, to say grace before every meal. Last night at KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) was no exception. Sveta and I said the prayer. I realized long ago that the food just tastes better after saying thanks and really food is something to be thankful for in this world…

The fact is that I sit here in Russia and eat at a KFC and it is a long ways from Kentucky my friend. That fact alone is worth contemplating. I sit in Russia and eat the exact same food that you do as you sit in America. That is something to think about and it does not matter if that food is really that good for you or not! We prayed, we ate, we got full and we had a good time. That was worth a prayer to the Good Lord…



Being this close to a Christmas that stands for the real meaning has made me sentimental and thus this post was produced. I stopped writing on my book and stepped over to Windows to Russia. I really had decided to not write more than the post to Christmas that I did this morning… 🙂

Sveta thinks that it is just correct to say thanks to God and as such we have been doing it for quite awhile now. I think that it is just perfect to say grace myself, before every meal…

Once again have a Merry Christmas from Russia…

Posted by Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…


  1. Marion January 7, 2014

    We always said the prayer in German…even though I never spoke German I am versed in prayers and old songs. I thank God before anything I eat…even, and especially, when I cut into onions, garlic, and cabbage. For meat, I thank the animal and pray for the animal’s soul; it’s a native American thing. We need more prayer in our lives…glad to see you guys think so too.

  2. kKeeton Post author | January 7, 2014


  3. Anonymous November 11, 2014

    1 Thessalonians 5:18

    In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God.

    Keep it up! It is TRUTH!!!!

  4. Anonymous November 12, 2014

    Love you guys…you have touched on the sublime. I just finished a short message to you here and it disappeared = Poof! Hmm…anyway, it was a realization I had while walking along a street lined with tall, stately, trees years ago in Quetta, Pakistan. “…I don’t miss home because our whole world is home. These same trees grow in Port Chester, N.Y. as they also do here in Quetta…and they are just as lovely here as they were in my childhood village.” Love and recognition is the answer.

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