This year is the first year in a very long time that all the family will be home for Thanksgiving. My grandchildren are coming over the river and through the woods to be with us this year. I was thinking about our usual Thanksgiving celebration and how to incorporate a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old. You see, we finish the meal by passing out 5 kernels of Indian corn to each person. Then we go around the table and for each kernel of corn we put in the cup we say something that we are thankful for in this year. Since the last years have been celebrated only with adults, this time consuming process has been easily tolerated, but I am concerned with the wiggle-worms this year.
While looking up scriptures about giving thanks I came upon an old one memorized in my youth. It contained the answer to my concern.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving
And his courts with praise;
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love
His faithfulness continues through all generations. ”
This scripture, coupled with the Deut. 6:4-9 scripture that says we are to teach our children (and by implication grandchildren) in our everyday activities, has given me the faith that I too can share this family tradition with the wiggle-worms. I think that I may have to only give out 2 kernels this year, and we may have to take a wiggle break between dinner and dessert, but it will be a beginning to help the grandchildren give thanks to the God who supplies all our needs from his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!