Memos for a Hard Thanksgiving

By Janel Breitenstein | November 23, 2016 | 7 Comments

Have you ever felt forgotten by God? I remember one of those first hallmark moments in life when my faith collided with that dark, rumbling question at the core of so many of our disbeliefs: I know God is great. Is He really…good? This may sound as juvenile as it actually was at the time—but […]

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A Read-Aloud Story for Your Thanksgiving Table

By Barbara Rainey | November 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

It’s almost time to pile up your plates, squish around card tables on folding chairs, and sit tightly under Thanksgiving tables. Do you know what you’ll talk about? Do you know how to fill that sacred time with meaningful truth for your family? Here’s an easy read aloud story for your Thanksgiving table. Short, practical, and ready […]

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20 Ideas for Kids Waiting on Thanksgiving Dinner

By Janel Breitenstein | November 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Wondering how to keep them occupied while you’re whipping up Aunt Marge’s sweet potato casserole? Set up a small table in an adjacent room, grab a few minimal-mess supplies, and try out a few of these timely strategies. Have them … Craft “I’m thankful for you!” cards. Have an example ready. Collect the most colorful […]

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When It’s Hard To Be Thankful         

By Barbara Rainey | November 18, 2016 | 2 Comments

Thanksgiving is a week away and being thankful feels absolutely foreign for many of us. Images of happy families gathering is a reminder of what could have been or should have been. And it hurts. Pain is very real. I’ve been through seasons like that.  One in particular was spring and the season for graduation, […]

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Come Ye Thankful People Come

By Barbara Rainey | November 16, 2016 | 2 Comments

The words of this hymn bring to my mind an image of women with bonnets and long dresses, men wearing odd hats and shoes with large square buckles, all walking to gather and share a meal with a group of very differently dressed native Americans. A famous painting captured that scene as the artist imagined […]

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