When I was a little girl, you could say that I had an “abundance” of pets - I had so many pets, it was ridiculous - it was hard for me to even count them all! Two dogs and 3 cats, 2 water turtles, a box turtle and a tortoise, fish and birds and a rabbit, an iguana, a frog, seahorses and blue tangs and an eel, a hamster, a walrus (just kidding), 8 snakes living in a snake-condominium, plus mice and rats to keep the snakes alive (some were pets...but some were food!) I loved animals, and I just kept on collecting more and more and more.
Now that I’m grown up, I only have a few pets, but we still have several things in abundance in our house. An “abundance” is something you have a whole lot of. Something you have so much of, there’s plenty of extra to go around. We have an abundance of books at our house now - a whole room full of books, actually. We have an abundance of legos, an abundance of nerf guns, an abundance of magnets on the fridge, an abundance of shoes, and also an abundance of single socks that lost their match. What do you have an abundance of in your house? What do you WISH you had an abundance of?
One time, King David decided to write a song describing all the wonderful things about God. We can read his song today in Psalm 65. David’s song celebrates how God forgives us, how He answers prayers, how he formed the mountains and calms the oceans, and all kinds of other great things. One of those great things is - you guessed it: abundance. David says God’s abundance is overflowing! That means He gives us so many blessings, if we tried to put them all inside a large wheel barrow or a shopping cart, they would be full to the top and spilling out over the sides. Wow! That’s a lot of blessings.
How has God given your family an abundance of blessings? If you started counting all your blessings - how long could you count for? Would you have more blessings than the pets I had? Would you have more than all the books in my library, or all the legos in my house? I bet you might come close, because God has been blessing us our whole lives, and He keeps on blessings us more and more every single day. I’m so happy we serve a God blessed us and who loves us in abundance!Family Discussion Questions:
- Thanksgiving is a time to remember our abundance. What are some of our family’s greatest blessings?
- Does our family focus more on our challenges, or more on our blessings? How come?
- What is a good way to say a great big “Thank you” to Jesus for our abundance of blessings - should we make a song like David, make a blessings list, share a story with friends, use our blessings to bless someone else, or is there another way we could say thanks?
- Look back at Psalm 65 and read the whole chapter together. What is our family’s favorite thing about God in David’s song?
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help our lives to be an abundance of thank-yous to you, because you’ve shown us an abundance of blessings. Thank you that you never run out of ways to give us more good gifts. Help us share our abundance with others. We love you so much! Amen.