A Simple Way to Serve a Memorable Thanksgiving Meal

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox served with hatred” (Proverbs 15:17).

This proverb, contrasting two meals, bases the pleasantness of the meal on the heart of the participants and not the food. A simple salad or a pot of vegetables can be a feast if love unites the the souls of those at the table. But if there is hatred or strife present, even succulent filet mignon disappoints.

This week, families will gather together for the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Unfortunately, many will have meals mingled with strife and tension. The conversation among relatives will be negative, critical and sarcastic; while others will remain sullenly silent in quiet rage. Such behavior becomes a habit; strife becomes a family tradition and they do not even know their error. The time and expense of the Thanksgiving meal will be spoiled by strife (cf. Proverbs 17:1). At the end of it all everyone is just thankful that it’s over. These things should not be among Christian families, but sadly they are.

So this year, heed the Wiseman, prepare a memorable Thanksgiving meal for yourself and those you love. Foster peace, harmony, unity, and love one for another – no matter what you eat. The result will be a balm to each soul present and a joyful pleasure to every heart. With love as the centerpiece of your gathering, it won’t even matter if the turkey is dry.

A few questions to consider:

1) Recall a time when you had a meal mingled with bitterness, hatred, contention, or resentment. Describe the tenseness and the stress. How did these bad attitudes ruin what should have been a pleasant event?

2) Think of a time when you had a wonderful meal with just a few simple things, because you loved the person(s) you were with, and they loved you. Describe the love and companionship. How did these good attitudes contribute to the happiness of the simple meal?

3) With holiday gatherings approaching, examine yourself. Have you offended others? Have they offended you? If so, are you harboring bitterness in your heart toward them? What will you do today to correct and/or perfect relationships in your home or within your extended family so that meals together are pleasant, soul strengthening experiences?

Love… The Main Ingredient This Thanksgiving

rockwell thanksgiving love

Don’t forget the main ingredient this thanksgiving,

“Better a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.” (Proverbs 15:17)

This coming Thursday, hundreds of millions of American families will gather around tables loaded down with the seasonal delights of a Thanksgiving feast. Nevertheless, what is on the table will be irrelevant if one ingredient is missing…“love.” Many families have meals filled with strife and tension. So often in fact, painful, critical and sarcastic conversation, punctuated with quiet rage becomes the family tradition and no one truly wants to be there. These things should never be in a Christian home; PERIOD! Therefore, as you prepare for your family’s Thanksgiving meal, also prepare your heart; asking God to fill it with love, kindness, and grace toward others. Then, and only then, can you truly enjoy this festive holiday season no matter what is served, or who serves it, or who you eat it with.

This weeks theme: Thanksgiving Thoughts

The Thanksgiving Chair

This video helps us see the true meaning of “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Give God thanks today, it’s what He wants you to do.

The Thanksgiving Chair Lesson

First impressions:

1. What do you think about this man and his life of thanksgiving?

2. How does this man live out 1 Ths 5:18 in his life?

3. In what “circumstances” did this man give thanks?

4. Did some situations seem easier or harder to give thanks in than others?

Living In Thanksgiving:

5. What do these passages tell us about how often God wants us to express our gratitude to Him?

  • Heb 13:15 –
  • 1 Ths 5:18 –
  • Eph 5:20 –
  • Col 2:7 –
  • Col 3:17 –
  • Col 4:2 –
  • 1 Tim 2:1 –

6. Why does God put such a premium on us expressing our thanks to Him every day, for everything?

7. Is it easy to forget to be thankful (ref. Luke 17:11-19)? Explain your answer.

8. If your life was governed by thanksgiving and you abounded in it all the time, how would that affect the way you live and pray on a daily basis?