November 15, 2020
Message to Parents
All month we’re talking about Gratitude with our kids…but what does
that look like in our adult lives and is it centered around Him? “Paul
wrote the Thessalonians, “Give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Most read that verse and think it rather nice. So we slap a sloppy coat of thanksgiving on life and go about our day. In reality, most of us are thankful for very little.” This article gives you a quick reality check when it comes to gratitude and helps us focus on the real reason for the season!
Now with your kids...
Grab your Bible, piece of paper and a pencil/crayon and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids! Here’s your theme…Gratitude means letting others know you see how they’ve helped you.
Read Luke 17:15-16
Explain to them, “In this story, there were ten men with this terribly painful skin disease called leprosy. Lepers (people with leprosy) had to leave their family behind and live with others lepers. It would be like heading into quarantine but with a bunch of strangers who were sick too.”
“One day, ten lepers met Jesus and He healed them! Quarantine was officially over. Nine of them headed straight home, happy to get back to life as usual. But one leper returned. Why? To say, “thank you.” It’s not that the other nine weren’t grateful. But only one took the time to go back and actually say it.”
Now ask them, “Are you more like the nine who forgot to show gratitude or more like the one who took the time to go back and say thanks?”
Grab your paper and pencil and get ready to make your “Gratitude List”. Together, write down three people who have done something to help you in the last few days.
Ask them, “Have you said, thank you, to them?” If they haven’t, take the time this weekend and lead them down this road of gratefulness!
Grove Kids | Sunday Notes
Say SomethingJesus Heals 10 Men Luke 17:11-19
Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever.
Psalm 136:1, NIrV
Say thank you.
Gratitude—Letting others know you see how they’ve helped you
I need to make the wise choice.
In week three, we head to Luke 17:11-19 and discover a significant moment when ten lepers asked Jesus to heal them. When their skin condition went away, they were so thrilled about the miracle that they ran off and forgot to say, “thank You.” Only one man, a Samaritan, turned around and showed his gratitude. Jesus made a point to commend this man’s faith.
Bottom Line: Say thank you. This is a simple bottom line, but it’s often so hard to put into practice. People offer their help and kindness and love, yet we often take all of that for granted. We pray that through this moment in Jesus’ life, kids will understand the importance of remembering to say thanks when others are kind to them.
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