It's Not Just About Turkey

Many families have Thanksgiving traditions. Some are silly. Others are serious. Either way, we should all take time to teach our children that the idea of giving thanks is rooted in scripture. God wants us to give thanks, and we have plenty to say “thank you” for in our country. Sure, we have our problems. But I’d rather live here than anywhere else on the planet where people may not have the freedoms to live, work, and worship how we see fit.

Use this opportunity to tell your children what you are thankful for this year. Ask your child what he or she is thankful for at this time. You can also seize the opportunity to look up and memorize Bible verses featuring words like “thanks” or “thanksgiving.” There are dozens of verses to be found and memorized. Here are but a few examples:


“O give thanks unto the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever” (Psalm 136:1 KJV)


"In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV)


“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalm 100:4 KJV)


“For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving (1 Timothy 4:4 KJV)


Who knows? Maybe this could be the start of a new family tradition, one that your children will pass down to theirs.



Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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