Saturday, November 13, 2010

Help kids experience the meaning of Thanksgiving

Sometimes it's a challenge to convince children that Thanksgiving Day is really not all about the food. Sure, there's turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberries and pie. (Oh yeah, don't forget the pie!) But hidden inside this palate-driven holiday is an opportunity to teach the meaning behind the celebration. It is, after all, a day to remember God and give thanks.

The Scriptures are filled with passages calling us to maintain a thankful heart. From Psalm 106:1, "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good," to Paul's letter to the Thessalonians urging them to "give thanks in all circumstances" (5:18). It was this latter verse that sustained the Pilgrims, who ushered in the Thanksgiving celebration.  read more

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