Updated: Nov 18, 2019
With the American holiday of Thanksgiving later this month, we wanted to encourage and help you along in your efforts to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite Daily Devotional resources to help you “live in thanksgiving daily.”
(psst: check out our Intro Magazine for an article on holding a Daily Devotional with your family.)
Download our printable bundle of these poems, scriptures, and hymns to use.
Our favorite hymns of gratitude:
Did you know that “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” is the hymn sung by the cabbie right before Aslan begins creating the world in The Magician’s Nephew? The hymnal for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints only includes two verses, but there are actually more.
For the Beauty of the Earth
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Because I Have Been Given Much
Our favorite scriptures on gratitude:
The verses below are all excellent for memorizing, but a wonderful story of gratitude to read together is that of the 10 Lepers in Luke 17.
Doctrine and Covenants 46:32
Our favorite poems of thanksgiving:
We love all of these poems about being grateful. The poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson is also available as a song with sheet music, which you can access at churchofjesuschrist.org If you’re memorizing this (or any) poem with your family, it helps to put it to music!
Gratefulness by George Herbert
Praying by Mary Oliver
We'd love to hear from you! What are your favorite poems, hymns, scriptures, activities and stories to teach and cultivate gratitude?
Becky + Graceann