Giving Thanks

thanksgiving-colored-3Praise the Lord! O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 106:1

What traditions do you have to give thanks to the Lord as you gather around the Thanksgiving table? Please reply to share yours with us all!

One of my favorite prayer traditions is to pray as I run. The Rochester Y has a track that is 22 laps per mile. To do my usual 2.5 miles, it takes 55 laps. (Yes, sometimes I feel like a gerbil on a wheel.) This week I gave thanks for something different on each lap. I couldn’t believe how quickly the laps went by! The run was finished long before I ran out of ideas.

Maybe you would like to try a new tradition. Here is Gratitude Gobbler created and shared by Sybil Macbeth.

Pass out copies of this prayer and coloring page with colored pens, markers, or crayons. Invite family and friends to complete it with their thanksgivings written or drawn in or around the turkey. Pick your favorite name for God and put it in the center. Click here for a black and white downloadable pdf.

One last thanksgiving idea is for the cell phone lovers. Using a phone, take photos of something for which each person is thankful. Or interview family members while making a video clip. Maybe even post them on social media.

However you celebrate this week, remember to put God in the center because all we have is a gift from God.

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers. Psalm 24:1-2

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