Now I am going to ask some of the older people what the day means to them. There is a young woman. She is a stenographer. She says, "Thanksgiving means a day away from the office. I am at the office every day except Sunday, and I do appreciate, now and then, a day that is really my own."
Over there is a traveling salesman. What does Thanksgiving mean to you? He says, "It means a day at home. Last year, I spent one hundred and sixty-nine nights away from home. I have three children. I should like to see them every day. There are times when many days pass and I do not see them. Thanksgiving week, I plan to be at home."
There are others I could ask. Each has his answer. But Thanksgiving has a special meaning for us. It is the Harvest time. I have here an apple. Isn't this a beautiful apple? What color! Who mixed the paints, who handled the brush to give such color to this apple? God. He, in his infinite love and wisdom, has provided, through the unfailing laws of nature, for the growth, sweetness, coloring and beautifying of all the products of the fields. This apple is but one of many kinds of fruits.
Praise, then, is the great meaning of Thanksgiving. God, our heavenly Father, sends us every good gift. From his bountiful hand come our daily and nightly mercies. We should praise him every day. But the day for the united chorus of praise is Thanksgiving.
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 150: 6
"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord."
KIDS CRAFT: Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
Free printable Thanksgiving Mazes for kids
Little Blots Preschool Lapbook: There are lots of ideas here that the kids can do. You can do a series of these crafts or make it a group project.