Squishy Turkeys Devotional
8 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
9 For he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.
Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and a time to be grateful for what God has done. In my family we have a tradition on Thanksgiving. Before we eat dinner, we go around the room and share what we are thankful for. Let me tell you, we have a big extended family that celebrates Thanksgiving together, so when I was a kid, this time of sharing seemed to last for weeks . . . especially because the dessert table with all my favorites was set up in the same room, including my mom’s apple pie (I was never a big pumpkin pie fan)! But as I grew, I began to truly appreciate this time of reflection. As I listened to what my uncle, or cousin, or grandma were thankful for that year, I was filled with gratefulness for the many, many things God was always doing in the lives of the people I love.
And that was just my family! Imagine what God is doing every second of every day all around the world for the billions of people who live here on earth. The world should be bursting with thankfulness and happiness. Psalm 107:8-9 says, “Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
In the Bible, we also read, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV). “All circumstances” doesn’t only mean when life is fizztastic—it means even when life is arduous (which means difficult). These are the times when we should turn our eyes and hearts to God and pray. These are the times we must go deeper into his arms of hope, love, and joy.
Thanksgiving holidays are celebrated all around the world, though they’re not all on the same day. In Germany, the holiday is called Erntedankfest, and in the United Kingdom, it’s known as the Harvest Festival.
As a family, use your list of thankfulness to give thanks to God and reflect on what he has done for you.
As a family, come up with twelve things you are thankful for. They can be from the past year or anytime during your life. Share why you’re thankful for each of these things.
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