...we spend a lot more time focusing on it and planning activities for it during the holiday time.
Over the years, I’ve noticed one major difference about the way I think about giving thanks and the way my 4 & 5 year old students think about it.
When I wake up in the wee hours of the morning, and head to the kitchen to feed our cat, I often thank God for my home. I love my home! It is a place of rest and safety, filled with beautiful reminders of people, places, and things that I love. I’m sure your home is the same for you. But, I’ve noticed, as I get older and my house gets older, my thanksgiving for it is quickly followed by thoughts of what needs to be repaired, cleaned out, or cleaned up. I end up heaping all those negatives onto my simple words of thanks. My offered blessing, once floating like a feather up to heaven is now headed over a bridge tied to a cordless iron, never to be thought of again.
When my students talk about things for which they are thankful, there’s a pure delight in their words, to go along with the sparkle in their eyes. Their words spill out, an air of simple joyfulness fills the room, and each child is smiling and agreeing with what was just shared. "I’m thankful for the sun," "I’m thankful for the grass and trees," "for my dog, Baxter," "for my dog and my cat," "for food," "for my baby brother, Grant," "for my Mom and Dad and my Family." Nothing added, nothing needed, just pure thankfulness.
In Matthew 18:3, Jesus tells us, "unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
Father, I am so thankful for the things your little children teach me everyday!
And Father, thank you for my home...and all that goes with it!