Family Night Ideas: Give to the Giver
For most parents, it’s a “no-brainer.” We teach our kids to say, “Thank you” when they receive a birthday gift or Christmas present. We know it’s important for the giver of the gift to feel cared for and appreciated so we encourage our child’s expression of thanks.
Just like we encourage our children to express gratitude for gifts that are received from friends and family, it’s also important to set aside time to thank God for the gifts we receive from Him. Our Lord loves a grateful heart! In fact, Psalm 103:2 shows us that expressing gratitude is one of the ways we can express love back to God.
During your next family night, give each person four thank you cards. Encourage everyone to write one thank you note for the next 4 weeks. Instead of writing a note to your family or friend, write a note to God. Write about your gratitude for the precious gifts He has given.
You might thank the Lord for His love, faithfulness, grace, kindness, forgiveness, strength, protection, and provision. You may want to thank God for giving the gifts of His Spirit and His Word. You might also want to thank God for giving to you through other people.
Your prayers might start like these:
God, I am so grateful for Your gift of ______________. I’m especially thankful because…
Jesus, You have given me such an incredible gift in ___________. I am so grateful because…
At the end of the month, ask each person to read his/her thank you notes aloud. Celebrate the gifts that God has given. Place these notes in a decorative gift box as a reminder of His gifts. Let it be a reminder of all you have received AND gratitude for the One who gives to us so generously.
End your celebration in this way. We have just loved the Lord by experiencing His Book! We have lived out Psalm 103:2: I will bless the Lord and not forget the glorious things he does for me.
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