“Dear Lord, we thank you for this food that we're about to receive.”
You and your family are having a Thanksgiving day meal together. You've been asked to say a blessing before everyone starts eating. This is how you start it.
Dear Lord, we thank you for this food that we're about to receive.
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(someone) is about to (do something)
"You're about to ___" means "You're going to ___ soon". Here are some examples with "about to":
I'm about to lose my temper with you.
It looks like they're about to begin. Why don't we go find a seat.
Oh, hi Charles. I was just about to call you.
To "receive" something basically means to get it from someone.
We received over a hundred submissions.
The word "receive" is pretty formal. It's used in official documents or in business communication. In normal conversation, "get" is more common:
We got over a hundred submissions.
"Receive" is often used in a pair with the word "give" - there's a famous saying "It's better to give than to receive."
This is a common way to start a prayer in English, especially among Protestant (non-Catholic) Christians.
Other common ways to start a prayer include:
(I/we) thank you for (something)
This is a very formal way to thank someone. It is commonly used in prayers. For example:
Lord, I thank you for all the gifts that you have given me.
Another situation in which you might use "we thank you" is in a formal note to your employees or coworkers at work, like this:
We thank you sincerely for all of the hard work that you have done.