Cultivating a Grateful Heart


This season of Distance Education has been one for the books. We can all say that it has presented us with challenges we didn’t think were possible, and at the same time, I hope and pray that it has brought you a few unexpected blessings. At Donum Dei, we have developed a daily rhythm in this COVID season by starting each morning with prayers of gratitude and thanksgiving. For a few minutes, the students, teachers, and administrators “hit the chat box” by typing their thanks and praises for a teacher to read out as a prayer of thanksgiving to our Father in Heaven.


As a teacher, this has one of my unexpected blessings of Distance Education. I love having the opportunity to share with my students and my team the joy that comes from acknowledging the Lord’s provision, blessing, kindness, and care.


As we approach November and the upcoming holidays, we want to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving, and that it will be a sweet time to remember all the ways God has been a faithful and loving Father to you. Our Thanksgiving meals and gatherings will certainly look different this year, but thanksgiving can still be at the center of the table!


Colossian 3:16-17 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.So, to continue in our daily gratitude rhythm that we have at school, our family will be making a gratitude pumpkin this month for our Thanksgiving table’s centerpiece, and we invite you to join us! Starting November 1st, have each family member write a word of gratitude on the pumpkin each day, and on Thanksgiving day set the pumpkin in the center of your table!


Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes to try, we hope you like them too! And, for ideas about how to engage your child’s heart and mind in the kitchen, read more here.

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