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Today's Featured Article

Think to Thank Lesson
                     By: Lenny Corliss
                 This lesson was originally posted in The Vault area of our website.
                 Memorial Day Application by Alisa J. Linn
 

               

The lesson below can be used “As Is” on Thankfulness or, it can easily and effectively be adapted for Memorial Day by using the add-on idea below Lenny’s lesson.

 

(Luke 17:11-19)  

Ten Healed of Leprosy

 11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" 14 When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" 19 Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

When Jesus recognized that only one of ten former lepers came back to say thanks, He expressed concern. There may be times when not saying thank you does not imply an ungrateful attitude. We have so many things to be thankful about. However, in our society we have forgotten the value of saying "thank you". We rush through our days thinking about what's next and we don't stop long enough to express our feelings. You and I are often appreciative of what others have done for us but do we remember to say thanks? We need to THINK to THANK! (While presenting this message visually you can exchange the A in THANK replacing it with an I creating the word THINK! The phrase "think to thank" kind of rolls off your tongue. By having the kids repeat this expression several times it helps to them retain the principle.) Remember to THINK to THANK!  

Add-On for Memorial Day:  

Needed:  Bag of Round Party Balloons, Permanent Marker  

Preparation:  Inflate 6 round balloons.  Using the permanent marker, write one of the following letters on each balloon—T, H, A, N, K, I  

Choose 6 volunteers. Line up 5 volunteers in a row at the front of the class.  Place the 6th volunteer behind volunteer #3.  Give each of volunteers 1-5 a balloon to spell the word, “THANKS,” being sure that the letters are in order.  Give volunteer #6 the letter, “I.”  

Depending on your lesson and your class’s Bible knowledge, you may wish to briefly tell the story of the ten lepers from Luke 17:11-19, or just refer to it.  Teach Lenny’s lesson above.  When you come to the phrase, “Think to Thank,” swap volunteer #6 with volunteer #3 when you say the word “THINK” so that the “I” balloon is in place to spell “THINK.”  Swap back volunteer #3 with volunteer #6 when you say the word “THANK.”  Continue doing this as you say “THINK” or “THANK” during the following Memorial Day Application.

Tomorrow is Memorial Day.  Across our country will be all kinds of parades and special events.  Many people are off work so that families can attend these events and remember those in the military who have died during wars to keep our nation a democracy, free from the rule of evil and cruel people, as well as remember those military people who are still fighting for our freedom.  Why do we have this holiday?  So that we THINK to THANK.  People have died for over the past couple hundred years for our freedom!  We don’t see them, so it’s easy to forget them.  We have to THINK to THANK.  Since wars during our lifetimes haven’t been fought here in our country, it’s easy to forget that our military people are still working and fighting to keep us free.  We have to THINK to THANK.  Memorial Day is a day to remember.  Let’s make it a point this Memorial Day to THINK to THANK.  Remember those who have died and those who still fight for our freedom.  Think about how thankful you are those in the past and the present.  Say “THANKS” to military people that you can.  “THINK to THANK.”

  
 
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