Giving Thanks Together

One of my favorite aspects of Thanksgiving is togetherness. The English who in 1620 journeyed through many difficulties to establish colonies and worship God freely were together. The Wampanoag Indians were a tribe who dwelled upon and worked the land together. Both the English and Indians feasted together, giving thanks for the harvest.

One of the things I am teaching my children is that we do not give thanks to God only when we feel good.  We give thanks to God always, for HE IS GOOD! Our memory verse for this week is 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” There is always something to be thankful for, and when we make thanksgiving a practice in the natural rhythms of life we will not be as susceptible to grumbling or complaining. We can’t both whine and say thanks at the same time! So, with this season, we take time to feast, say thanks, and be together.

Before I started with baking and prep for tomorrow I had the kids gather round the kitchen table to write down some things they are thankful to God for. Judson scribbled a picture of mama and sisters. Analise drew a snowman and said she is thankful for Christmas. Kara wrote that she is thankful for her dog, Buster. All of us will write or draw some things we are thankful for as they come to mind over the next few days.

Next, we made Pilgrim Hat cookies. These were a lot of fun, and easy to make! I think the ratio of eating to creating the cookies for Judson was 5:1!

Most of all, we are thankful for Jesus! He gives us every reason to give thanks because He died for our sins, rose again, and is preparing a place for us. He is the greatest gift! Here is a fun and easy craft we made together- Thankful for Jesus Cross

We finished reading The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh.  I love the last paragraph of this beautiful book: “The Pilgrims did not forget the hard times. They knew there would be difficult times to come. Still, they felt they had many things to be thankful for. They had food and houses and warm fires. The Indians were their friends. Free to work, to make their homes, to worship God in their own way. Perhaps they sang the hymn they had brought to the New World with them: ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below…’ ”

We sang The Doxology, and then we made these cute Pilgrim hats!

From our perky Pilgrims to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! May God richly bless your time together around the table tomorrow.

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