As children get older, they want to be able to participate in the family traditions. One way to help your children learn about family traditions is to let them be involved in the Thanksgiving prayer that your family says each year. One of the best ways to do this is to allow your child to pick their own prayer to practice so they can properly recite it on Thanksgiving Day.
Here are some child friendly prayers that your children can choose from.
Prayer one: This New Day
At home, at school, or at play,
thank you, Lord, for this new day.
And, dear Lord, help me remember,
That happiness lives inside me forever!
Prayer two: Golden Light
Golden Light, shining bright,
always teach me what is right.
teach me to speak with kindness and care.
teach me to be willing to share.
teach me to remember, when playing with others,
that all of us are world sisters and brothers.
Golden Light, shining bright,
keep our world family safe in Your sight.
Prayer three: A Shining, Loving Light
A little prayer of “Thank you, God,”
Sets our thoughts aright.
keeps us feeling all day long,
more positive and bright.
And when our thoughts are true and bright,
we shine forth our inner light.
our inner light of God’s own love,
starts shining out on those we love.
And so, let’s thank God every day,
with all our energy and might,
for blessing us so warmly, closely,
with a Shining, Loving Light!
Prayer four: Child’s Thanksgiving Prayer
Thank you God for all that grows,
thank you for the sky’s rainbows,
thank you for the stars that shine,
thank you for these friends of mine,
thank you for the moon and sun,
thank you God for all you’ve done!
Prayer five: Father we thank Thee
Father we thank Thee for this food,
For health and strength and all things good.
May others all these blessings share,
And hearts be grateful everywhere.
Prayer six: Children’s Mealtime Blessing
God is great!
God is good!
Let us thank Him
For our food.
Prayer seven: A Child’s Grace
God is great and God is Good,
And we thank God for our food;
By God’s hand we must be fed,
Give us Lord, our daily bread.
Prayer eight: Children’s Mealtime Blessing
Thank you for the world so sweet,
thank you for the food we eat.
thank you for the birds that sing,
thank you God for everything.
Prayer nine: The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed by Thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead is not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Prayer ten: Thanksgiving prayer for children
Jesus, bless what you have given,
Feed our souls with bread from heaven
Guide and lead us all the way
In everything we do and say
The one thing that you want to remember when it comes to having children recite the prayer at Thanksgiving is that it does not have to be a prayer that they have memorized. The reason for this is that many times some of our best prayers come straight from our hearts. Instead of having your children memorize a bunch of lines that lead to a traditional prayer, have your children say a prayer that they have created. To do this you will need to teach your child how to pray aloud, and tell teach them that the best prayers come straight from the heart.
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