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Thanks for Paper Plates

Daily Devotional for November 25, 2015

Read: Psalm 100; Ephesians 5:20

Bible version changes do not affect the Key audio or "Today's Key Verse," below.

"I pray today!" announced Ricky as the family sat around the breakfast table. Dad smiled at the little boy and they all bowed their heads. "Thank you, God, for bacon an' eggs an' milk an' toast an' flowers," said Ricky. He paused and peeked through his fingers. "An' jam," he added. "Amen."

"Thank you, Ricky," said Dad. He frowned at Jesse and Samantha, who were giggling at their little brother.

After breakfast, everyone went out to work in the yard. When it was time for lunch, Mom called them together around the picnic table. "We'll pray first," she said, "and then you can all help get the hamburgers off the grill and get the rest of the food on the table."

"I pray," announced Ricky again. Once more they all bowed their heads. "Thank you for!" began Ricky. He paused a long moment as he looked at the table. There was no food on it yet. "!for plates an' knives an' forks an' spoons an' cups an' napkins an' salt," Ricky finished. "Amen."

Jesse and Samantha snickered out loud. But Dad smiled at his younger son. "I'm glad you thanked God for all those things today," said Dad. "We usually take them for granted and fail to give thanks for them."

"Yes," agreed Mom as she got up. "While we're getting everything on the table, why don't you think of some other things we don't often remember to thank the Lord for. You go first, Jesse."

"Uh!" murmured Jesse as he got busy with the hamburgers, "we should be thankful for! uh! for our grill."

"Good," said Dad. "How about it, Samantha?"

Samantha was ready. "For pepper--Ricky forgot that," she said.

"And for a picnic table," added Jesse quickly.

"And picnic benches," said Samantha and Jesse together.

"An' food," shouted Ricky as Mom set a platter of hamburgers and a bowl of fruit salad on the table.

"And for a little child to teach us," added Mom with a smile. "Dig in."

--Hazel W. Marett

Are you really thankful this Thanksgiving season—for everything? Look around you. What things do you take for granted day after day and never thank the Lord for? Take a few moments to thank Him right now.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord.
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