It has a few good spiritual discussion questions that can be used during Thanksgiving celebrations.
Thanksgiving weekend in America typically involves large family gatherings, more food than one could eat, and for some families, hours of meaningless discussions about football, weather, and rehashing old family stories.
1. Pray for your conversations.
Consider praying ahead of time, asking God to make you sensitive to His leading about when and what to share.
Ask the Lord to make a person’s spiritual thirst clear to you.
Approach the Thanksgiving holiday with the idea that you’ll have opportunity to share with family and friends what you are truly thankful for: the outrageous grace offered to you in Christ Jesus.
When you pray, you’ll be ready to notice when God underlines a moment for you.
Here are some thoughts from the article:
So use the Thanksgiving clamor and commotion to point your conversations with friends or family toward God.
Try turning their attention from the turkey and football to the real cause for celebration and feasting – the love, grace and forgiveness found in a restored relationship with God through his son Jesus.
Here are some ideas to get the conversation headed toward God-talk:
- Do you have any family traditions at Thanksgiving time?
- Is Thanksgiving a time of fun or stress in your family?
- If you could ‘do Thanksgiving’ in a fresh, new, totally different way, what would that look like for you? Would it include a God-focus? Why or why not?
- What’s the one thing you are most thankful for this year?
- Ask your friends if they see Thanksgiving as more of a time for being thankful to God or being thankful to others? Share your perspective. Tell your friends about the difference God has made in your life through accepting Jesus’ gift of salvation and how that has made you thankful.
- Find out if there’s something in your friend’s life that makes it tough to feel thankful this Thanksgiving. Listen and share from your own life if you’ve had challenges this past year as well. Share how you try to come to God with a thankful heart, regardless of your earthly circumstances, because of his free gift of forgiveness through Jesus and your restored relationship with God.