Sunday, November 23, 2008

Teaching Our Children to Give Thanks

by Molly Noble Bull

Did you know that at one time manners were taught in our nation’s public schools? Teachers as well as parents taught their children to say yes, ma’am and no, ma’am—yes, sir and no, sir. Please and yes—thank you. These words were called the “social graces.” Back then, being kind, thoughtful, gracious, and respectful were as normal as computers and cell phones.
Jesus taught about giving thanks, too.

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood far off.
And they lifted up their voices and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: they faith hath made thee whole.
Luke 17:12-19 KJV

I live in south Texas in the heart of cattle country where rain is often a long time in coming. When I was growing up, we often prayed in church for rain. But I cannot recall a time when we gave thanks to God after the rains.
This Thanksgiving make a note to teach your children the “social graces.” If you do, they might also learn to give thanks to God for all His blessings as well.

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