Lights out! Thanksgiving gratitude check

Posted 11/19/21

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column features lessons and sermons for children from Annette Dammer’s book “Ready, Set, Go!”

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Lights out! Thanksgiving gratitude check


EDITOR’S NOTE: This column features lessons and sermons for children from Annette Dammer’s book “Ready, Set, Go!”

The point of it all

We have much to be grateful for. But am I?

  • Flashlight or cellphone light
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Gratitude list (see below)
To do’s
  • Pray and make a gratitude list. Do you have a home? Some food in the fridge? Lights? Is your family safe? Is America the land of the free? Do you have love to give? Can you see to read this? Do you drive yourself where you want to go? Close your eyes tight and imagine you are blind and will never see again. You must get dressed for church, fix your hair, maybe get others ready, fix breakfast, practice this lesson, drive to church and so on. How will you do it blind?
  • If you have time, walk around “blind” for a while. You’ll never forget it. Still blind, pray, “God, please let me see the beauty of your world and those I love.” Open your eyes. Say a personal prayer of thanks.
  • Quick Note: Kids of all ages love this exercise. You can save it for an impromptu Sunday school class (sick teacher day) or for a Vacation Bible school activity.
Verses to pray on
  • Psalm 69:30 — “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.”
  • 2 Corinthians 4:15 — “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
Ready, set, go!

Good to see you! I have an idea. Close your eyes and pretend you’re blind. Think as I’m talking, think about what you had to do this morning. Would it have been harder blind? (Pause.) Okay, open your eyes.

Now, have you ever had your electricity go out? Was that a problem? (Pause.) What do you want more than anything when the power goes off? (Pause.) The house is dark. You shouldn’t open the fridge. The ice cream melts! You have no TV, internet or heat. That’s tough, isn’t it? And usually when the power goes off it is because the weather is bad, so you can’t even play outside.

Aren’t you happy when the lights come back? Me too!

This morning when you got out of bed, were you grateful for lights to turn on? Did you jump out of bed and shout, “Hooray I can see!” How about, “Amen, I can walk!” The truth is, neither did I!

We have many blessings, but we take most of them for granted. We can see, play on the internet, we have God, parents, friends and family who love us.

So, I made a gratitude list this morning — a list of what I’m thankful for. I try to keep it someplace special for when things go wrong. Sometimes I need to remember how many blessings I have. They always outweigh the troubles. Always. I don’t think I’ll ever be happy about the bad things in life, but it does help to see the good. What a loving Father we have. Our blessings are proof of how much He cares.

Let’s pray. Father, You give us so much. I forget sometimes and take it all for granted. But today I want to say thank you, Father, for everything. For each other. For Your love. Amen.

Annette Dammer is a columnist, teacher, former children’s minister and author of the book “Ready, Set, Go! A Year of Object Lessons.” This column includes lessons from her book. The e-book is available for free at You may reach her at


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