Thanksgiving Family Activities and Bible Verses That Remind Us That Family Is A Gift From God
One of the greatest gifts that God has given us in life is the gift of family. For most of us, Thanksgiving Day holds so many traditions. There is the traditional story of the pilgrims, the family games, and the traditional food: turkey, pumpkin pie, stuffing, potatoes, and so much more. As you gather to enjoy this bounty, take the time to be thankful for the family that will share the day with you, and remember that family is a precious gift from God.
In Psalms, God says,“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him” (Psalm 127:3). Similarly, in calling himself a father, God shows the blessing parents are for children. Throughout the Bible it is clear that the love that is shared in a family is a demonstration of God’s grace in our lives.
Moreover, the ability to love, and build a culture of familial love is a gift from God. 1 John 4:19 says “We love because he first loved us.” In showing love to our family, we are living the way God created us to be.
Here are four Thanksgiving family activities that will help build a culture of familial love on this day:
As you eat together, let the focus be on the conversations you share with each other. Daily life is busy, and this day of rest and celebration is a perfect time to deepen connections with each other.
Play games together. Take the time to laugh and relax together.
Express thanks for the work each of you has done in preparing the meal and contributing to your celebration.
Pray together. Thank God for each part of your lives, knowing that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father” (from James 1:17).
As you gather together to enjoy His bounty of love and food and “come before Him with thanksgiving” (from Psalm 95:2), remember each blessing that God has given you.
Finally, remember also those who have less than you, and consider together how your family can share God’s blessings with others.