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What’s On Your Thanksgiving List?

                                                         What’s On Your Thanksgiving List?

“ Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”  Psalm 100:4 (NIV)

     Every year in our school chapel services, around this time of year, our theme for worship is thanksgiving.  The children have the opportunity to share what they are thankful for.  Their list consists of mom and dad, brother or sister or both, food (especially candy), friends, grandma and grandpa, pets, etc., and the list goes on.  I am always impressed though when the children say that they are thankful for Jesus.

     It is very comforting to a teacher in a parochial school to hear those words, “I am thankful for Jesus.”  1. You know that the children were listening to the Bible stories being taught in class.  2.  You know that the Holy Spirit is working in their lives.  3. You witness the unhesitating desire to share what they know about Jesus with others, their classmates, teachers and families, even witnessing to church members during a children’s talk in church.    

     So, what am I thankful for? 

  • I am thankful for my home.  Many people in our world and in our community do not have a place to live.  Many of them sleep on the streets, in a shelter, on park benches, even under bridges.  I am thankful that our church provides shelter and food for the homeless.
  • I am thankful for my food. There is always plenty to eat at my house.  Every day, while driving to work, I see people standing on street corners holding signs that say, “Will work for food”.
  • I am thankful for my clothes. I never worry about having enough clothes to wear.  Many people just have the clothes on their backs.
  • I am thankful for my health. Many people have serious illnesses that keep them from enjoying a full and happy life.
  • I am thankful for the country in which I live and have great freedoms. In some countries you can be put into jail for sharing your faith. 
  • I am thankful for my teachers, past and present. They taught me the things I needed to know to live a successful life.
  • I am thankful for my friends. My friends have always been there to help me in good times and in bad.
  • I am thankful for my family. My parents who raised me in the Christian faith, my brother and sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, all who share that Christian faith.
  • And I am thankful for Jesus! He loves me with love beyond all measure.  Through His death and resurrection I have the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life.
  • And I am thankful for the children of our school who are “thankful for Jesus”.!

                                                                                 With a grateful heart!



“Resurrection Lutheran School and Child Care exists to joyfully share the love of Jesus Christ, and nurture the faith of children and their families. “