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My God, my Adored One, my King, my desire! What tongue can voice my thanks to Thee? I was heedless, Thou didst awaken me. I had turned back from Thee, Thou didst graciously aid me to turn towards Thee. I was as one dead, Thou didst quicken me with the water of life. I was withered, Thou didst revive me with the heavenly stream of Thine utterance which hath flowed forth from the Pen of the All-Merciful.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i Prayers, p. 18)
Reflect, O people, on the grace and blessings of your Lord, and yield Him thanks at eventide and dawn.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 30)
Guitar chords: AEGA AEDA
Get the “At First Light” album for the MP3s.
(Nabil H., Virtues In Us #36)
If you’re given something nice say thank you. x2
If you’re given something nice and you want another slice,
If you’re given something nice please say thank you
Sing Thanks to God
(LifeWay Praise Kids, Songs for Music Time 3.1 #4)
Sing thanks to God and give Him praise
With joyful hearts our songs we raise
Sing thanks to God for He is the King
And the Giver of every good thing
Description of Pictures:
- Daily Activity #7
- Daily Activity #8
- Daily Activity #11
- Daily Activity #14
- Daily Activity #15
Comments about the lesson
We played the game for Daily Activity #7 over lunch, which was good because everyone was sitting down together for a while. It was interesting the things we talked about, like being thankful for “silly grandad” and a “lovely mommy.”
We started out Daily Activity #11 with the ladybug (the stuffed animal my son chose for the activity) demanding us to help build a fort versus asking politely. He immediately wanted her to redo it (he wouldn’t believe she would talk like that!) and so we had a good discussion about how we talk in our family and how to ask versus demand things. Then we went on with the thankfulness aspect after we built the fort. When inside we did a bit of Daily Activity #9 especially with my younger son who is just 18 months and learning what sharing is all about. He loved pretending to feed the stuffed animals even though he normally never wants to share any of his food with actual people!
For Daily Activity #14 my son drew a picture of his “robot self” and, since both my kids love balloons, they really enjoyed watching me add balloons. It was interesting to see what he wanted to put inside them as things he was thankful for and things he was good at, including the fact that he “lets spiders be alive” (we had a conversation earlier that day about not harming insects unless they were about to bite us). I thought it was neat to see that he had internalized this conversation so much that it came up when we talked about thankfulness and ways he was special.
I used a tiny notebook we had on hand to create our Blessings Journal for Daily Activity #14 but since it is not large paper, my son was not interested in drawing in it! However I’m thinking it will be a neat exercise for me to practice working on myself. We usually talk about things we are thankful for during our bedtime routine, and I’m going to start noting them down in the book and then show the kids at some point how many things we have to be grateful for.
Thankfulness is a lovely virtue to remember, and I felt it was so easy to internalize. When you keep gratitude on your mind, it is easier to get through the day’s challenges and remember how many wonderful things you have in your life despite the tests.