Get Them Talking: Gratitude

There are many ways to express thanksgiving. Scripture, prayer and questions will help get your family talking about an attitude of gratitude. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.
There are many ways to express thanksgiving. Scripture, prayer and questions will help get your family talking about an attitude of gratitude. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking is a series of monthly resources to help families lead conversations about issues of faith during dinner, devotions, a drive or anytime .

Scripture

“Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Common English Bible

Reflection

Parents often teach their children to say thank you at an early age. When the child receives something from a parent, grandparent, sibling or friend, mom or dad will ask, “What do you say?”

As we grow, we learn that gratitude is more than a polite response. It is a way of life. When we live with an attitude of gratitude, we remind ourselves that all that we have – time, faith, family, and more – is a gift from God to be cherished and cared for in the ways God would.

Get them talking

  • Who taught you to say “thank you”? What are some ways to express gratitude without saying it?
  • Our Bible verse says we should give thanks in every situation. Have you ever had trouble saying thank you? Why?
  • How might caring for others be a way of expressing gratitude toward God?

Prayer

Thank you God for all the gifts you provide. Teach us to give thanks in every situation in both our words and actions. Amen.

Activity

Have each member of your family share something for which they are thankful. Plan some thinkg you can do to express your gratitude by serving someone else. For example, if you are grateful for food, how might you share food with someone who is hungry?

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This devotion was first posted on October 28, 2019.