Family Activities for Practicing Thanksgiving

by Heidi Sweet

From Wisdom to Understanding to Worship

God in His grace, beauty, and creativity gave us minds to contemplate His Word and His creation, but He also gave us senses to engage, enjoy, and remember it.  Our senses were not intended to take the place of God’s special revelation in His Word, but they do provide understanding to the lens of taking what we know in Scripture and applying it to what we experience in His natural revelation.

Although our faith does not come from sight, when our eyes are opened by the Spirit, we cannot help but stand in wonder of our great God.  We see His hand in storms, hear His name in the song bird’s tune, taste His goodness in His abundant seasonal harvests, and touch His loving faithfulness through a friend’s hug.

As God’s people, we were created to glorify and enjoy Him forever.  We sing songs, reminding us of His goodness and faithfulness in His Word.  We rehearse and experience confession and forgiveness in prayer.  Even in the Lord’s Supper, we engage our senses to remember His greatest acts of kindness through His Son’s sacrifice on our behalf by tasting the bread and wine.  All for the purpose to glorify our great God.   During this season of thanksgiving with your friends and family, “Taste and see that the Lord is good,” remember His goodness, enjoy His creation, and lift songs of praise to our great God.

Experience gratitude not just by reading about thanksgiving, but by doing it. There are many ways you can personally or as a family find activities to cultivate gratitude.

Ideas for Moving from Wisdom to Understanding to Worship:

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  • Take a walk, observing God’s faithfulness in the change of season
  • Read and discuss children’s books about gratitude and giving thanks (see some ideas below)
  • Write people thank you notes as one way to cultivate and express gratitude

Children’s Books on Giving Thanks

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