Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more,
~a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be
The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies;
but let the thankful heart sweep through the day
and, as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour,
some heavenly blessings!
~Henry Ward Beecher
More Thanksgiving Activities for Children
If you will be with grandparents this Thanksgiving, perhaps your children could write a note, or draw or color a picture, to say Thank You and I Love You to them. They would be so blessed. Do you use placecards at your table? Your children could make them out of card stock or construction paper! If you have chocolate turkeys, one can be glued to one edge of each place card and the name written beside it. Now, how about writing a short thank you to that person, or a Bible verse, on the other side! Or use a blank notecard for each place card–put a note of gratitude on the inside and the person’s name on the outside! These are some of the ideas we have used to show gratitude and thankfulness to others, and especially to grandparents, at Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember; no one can give thanks who has a short memory.
Let’s take time to remember…and be thankful. Remember what the Lord has done for us on the cross…and be thankful. Remember that we were able to wake to another day today, for He gave us breath…and be thankful. Remember all the blessings we have…we all have many, if we will look for them…and remember to be thankful.