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The Legacy & Your Turn

November 19, 2010

God’s Word is full of a variety of ways to show gratitude: dancing before the Lord, bring gifts, telling of His deeds, singing, burning incense … just to name a few. It’s a cornucopia of expressions, a real legacy of creatively thanking God for Who He is and what He’s done.

2 Chronicles 5:13

The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang:

“He is good;  his love endures forever.”

Yesterday we shared some of the ways our families are giving thanks, so today we want to give you a few new ideas and hear a few of yours. If you have a blog, feel free to leave a link to an idea you’ve shared. The gratitude legacy is one we want to be a part of. Here are a few new ones you may want to apply in your home this season:

~ Basket of Thanks

We are always thankful for the Basics:  family, food, home, job, health.  It helps us to consider gratitude more deeply when we’re prompted to think out of the familiar “thanksgiving box.” Take a basket and put inside strips of paper that have prompts written on them (ideas listed below). Leave out the general headings we mentioned, but include more specific ones. When it’s time to pour the drinks (or when people arrive, if your guests need more time to think), pass the basket and let each person take a paper to think about. When it’s time to sit down for dinner, share their “prompt” with their answer, and put the paper back in the basket. Your expressions of thanks will reveal new and beautiful reasons for gratitude.  When you are led in prayer, have the pray-or hold your basket of Thanks as a visual offering to the Lord.

Ideas for Prompts:

  • A hard thing for me this year was ______________________________  and I am thankful.
  • This year I learned that __________________________________________, and I am thankful.
  • I didn’t deserve it, but ___________________________________, and I am thankful.
  • I was surprised when _________________________________________, and I am thankful.
  • All throughout the year, God provided _________________________, and I am thankful.
  • God gave me a new _____________________ this year, and I am thankful.

~ Thanksgiving Tape

Check in any school supplies/office section for a receipt tape. Throughout your Thanksgiving day, have each person write a list of what they are thankful for. See how many specific things you can list. Kids will find this one fun, and you may want to drape it/hang it around your Thanksgiving room.  You might want to see if you can fill a whole tape with reason for Thanks. Go on, see if you can!

~ Thanksgiving Dice

This takes a little prep ahead of time. Use a cubed shape box or dice, and put a thanksgiving prompt on each side. Instead of leaving “What are you thankful for?” open to the usual defaults, help your family and friends think a little more about why we express thanks to God. Each person tosses the cube and shares something they’re thankful for, based on what lands “up” on the cube.  You might use these ideas:

  • a lesson I learned
  • someone who was kind to me
  • something I learned about God
  • an unexpected provision
  • a chance I had to give
  • a way I was blessed for being obedient

~ Sing

You can dance around the table while you sing, but it could end in a mashed potato disaster. 🙂 Singing is “safe” and a beautiful way to express our thanks to our deserving God.  Do you have a favorite song of thanks?  Songs you might sing:

  • For the Beauty of the Earth
  • God is so Good
  • I Love You Lord

We can join a grand legacy of expressing our gratitude in a variety of creative ways. How do you love to show your thanks to the Lord?

One Comment leave one →
  1. stephanieshott permalink
    November 19, 2010 11:09 am

    I absolutely love every one of these ideas Julie. Great and practical post! Can’t wait to hear what others share too. 🙂

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