To build vocabulary (and relationships), most Title 1 reading lessons start with a short chat. Last week, small groups and I were chatting about our family Thanksgiving meals.
DaJuan went into great detail about his. Of course he said the turkey for the grownups would be as big as our table, and the kid turkey just a little smaller.
Then he began talking about all the crab legs they were going to have, and cotton candy for dessert. I caught myself just before exclaiming, "That's so weird!"
Who knows? Maybe DaJuan's family does traditionally enjoy crab legs for their Thanksgiving meal.
As in all years past, we'll be having turkey and its extras at my in-laws. But this year, the gathering at our house for my side of the family is making a major shift from turkey and its friends to homemade soups, deli sandwiches, and lots of finger foods.
As I thought about DaJuan's Thanksgiving and the ones I'll celebrate this year, I was again reminded that it's not about the menu at all. It's about the fellowship.
Dear Reader, I won't pray for your Thanksgiving table to be loaded until it sags. Instead, I'll pray your table will be surrounded by the ones you love. I'd rather share a peanut butter sandwich with those I love, than a massive meal alone, wouldn't you?
46 Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts,47 praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the people. And every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.
Acts 2:46-47 GNT