Friday, November 18, 2016

Give Thanks

Thanksgiving will upon us soon so I decided to write about giving thanks!  It seems like it is always easier to gripe or complain about things;   but wouldn't it be nice to spend more time saying thank you?    Thank you for our warm homes, food to eat, clothes to wear and especially each other.  

When my own children were younger we made a paper lunch bag into a Thanks bag.  We drew hands on it to show like they were praying ,giving thanks to God.  Then for the month of November we would put small notes in saying what we were thankful for.  These notes would then be read on Thanksgiving day.  November has already started, but why not try it from now until Thanksgiving?  What a good habit to get into.  

One day we picked up three small flower bouquets at the flower shop.  We decided to give them away to three people we met that day.  One we gave to the lady at McDonalds, who we used to see.  One went to the lady at the meat counter and the third?  I can't remember.  But my children and I can remember their faces.  They were three strangers to us but their faces were glowing with happiness that day when we gave them the flowers.  It also gave us joy to see their faces.

There are many ways to give thanks.  Draw a picture to give.   How about taking the time to write a thank you note to someone who has been a help in your life?  Or how about saying a special prayer for someone?  Brainstorm with your family.  Come up with new and different ways to say thank you!  

Right now, I would like to say thank you for our priests, our teachers and staff, our beautiful school and most of all you, our families.  Without you our school would be empty.  With you, our lives are full!  May God bless you and your families this November.

“He who sings,” said St. Augustine, “prays twice”.

God Bless,

Mrs. Noreen Pelchat
Middle School Teacher

Saint Francis Xavier School

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Academics, Faith, Community and Character

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