“Give thanks for theLORD, for He is good.” Psalm 136:1 Happy Thanksgiving

Things you’ll need:

  • Select an age appropriate Thanksgiving book to read before your family’s Thanksgiving meal. Recommended options include:
    • The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh
    • The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern
  • One dried kernel corn for each person

Faith Talk:5640863737_375b8e0795_b

In1863, President Lincoln declared he last Thursday in November as a national holiday set aside to give thanks to God. This tradition remains one of the most popular family holidays in the United States.

As parents, it is our responsibility and privilege to continue this tradition within our homes. As you read your selected book together, you’ll be reminded that the Pilgrims endured a harsh winter and much adversity upon arrival to the new land. They thanked God for their survival although their resources were scarce. After a bountiful harvest that first summer, they thanked God for providing for their needs and celebrated with a meal.

Likewise, God is our Great Provider. Use this following activityto celebrate the bountiful blessings we enjoy.

Place one kernel of corn* on each plate. Once the family is gathered, discuss the hardships of the Pilgrims’ journey. What did they corncobshave worth celebrating? The single kernel of corn reminds us to be thankful for what we have to celebrate and to recognize that all our blessings, big and small, come from God.

Invite each person to share a personal blessing and emphasize those that are often overlooked.

For example:

  • Their favorite pajamas
  • School playmates
  • Crayons for coloring and drawing
  • Butterflies
  • Life Group teachers

Encourage your family to celebrate the seemingly small blessings in addition to the ones that are more obvious. Encourage everyone to celebrate something that may seem small to many but is very special to them.

Read Psalm 136:1 together: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever…”give thanks

Close with a time of prayer and encourage family members to keep the kernel in their pocket or in a visible place as a visual reminder during the Thanksgiving season. “Give thanks to the Lord for He is God.” God is our Provider of all good things!

* One rendition of the Pilgrim’s story states that the first meal in the new land consisted of one kernel of corn per person. However, they chose to focus on God’s many other blessings (safely, arrival, etc. ) Soon, they befriended the Native Americans who taught them gardening and hunting skills.

Print Kernel of Corn Faith Talk here.