Next year, I am starting the blogging about Thanksgiving on Nov 1. I have so many good things to share but I feel like if I share them now, you could not use them since Thanksgiving is only 2 days away. I need to write all the Thanksgiving blog posts now so I have them ready to publish next November.
But today and tomorrow I am going to share stories you can share around the dinner table to help your family remember that Thanksgiving is so much more than turkey and football. There is no prep involved, simply print out this page and read. I have included a link at the bottom if you do want to print these stories out.
I will share 2 stories today and those of you who have been reading The Intentional Home for a while may recognize them. And then tomorrow I will share some stories about the very first Thanksgiving. My hope is that you can easily read these as you gather with your loved ones and some good conversation will follow.
1. The Story of Matthew Henry Getting Robbed
This story is about a man named Matthew Henry. Matthew Henry was a minister that lived in the 1600s and was and is known for the commentaries he wrote on the Bible. At one point in his life, Matthew Henry was robbed. After he was robbed, he wrote the following in his journal:
"I thank Thee, Lord, first because it is the first time I have ever been robbed. Second, I thank Thee because he took my purse and not my life. Third, I thank Thee because, though he took my all, it was not very much. Fourth, I thank Thee because it was I who was robbed and not I who robbed."
The above story is a perfect example of one who is thankful in all circumstances. If you are sharing this story with young ones, you could ask: Why do we want to practice being thankful? (answer here if you need help) or Why do we want to develop a habit of being thankful? You could also share the following scripture as you talk about Matthew Henry:
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. -1Thessalonians 5:16-18
2. The Story of 2 Fighting Wolves
This is a Cherokee legend. I reworded this legend into kid language. I am sure you can find the original wording by googling.
An old Indian chief tells his grandson that there is a fight going on inside him. He tells the boy that there are 2 wolves inside him and they are having a terrible fight. The old Indian chief says that not only are there 2 wolves inside him that are fighting, but that there are 2 wolves inside everyone. . . and those two wolves are always fighting.
One wolf is a bad wolf. . he is filled with anger, greed, lies and unthankfulness.
The other wolf is a good wolf. . .he is filled with joy, peace, love, kindness and thankfulness.
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
And the old Indian chief replied, "The one you feed."
A little abstract, but my kids got it, especially after we did a little explaining. Our big goal is to get in our kids that being thankful is important and the more ways we can do that, the better they will grasp it.
If you would like to print these stories out, you can go HERE and do so.
And come back tomorrow for another story you can share around the Thanksgiving table. This one had me going WOW!