The Restaurant Surprise

A Children's Thanksgiving Devotional | by Cheryl Mariano

Sample "The Restaurant Surprise," one of Cheryl Mariano's eight fictional stories based on real life situations. Grades K-5 will find her stories fun and easy to understand. The objective is to reinforce biblical truths and applications, with each story including a simple, fun activity for children. Available now on Amazon. 

"Your favorite song is coming up next on the CD." Chris Jr. said to his younger sister Tara.

Tara knew the songs on the CD very well. The next one was, "I Got The Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy, Down In My Heart." Although it was her favorite, she didn't feel much like singing it. She was feeling kind of sad.

The Cross family were driving to grandma and grandpa's house for Thanksgiving. Everyone, except Tara, was excited and couldn't wait to get there. Mother was bringing a homemade pumpkin pie. Father had gummy bears he had made at the Gummy Bear Factory where he worked, and Lena and Chris Jr. had gifts they were giving their grandparents, which they had made at school. Tara wasn't old enough to go to school, so she had colored a picture for her grandparents at home. It was hard work staying inside all the lines, but she had done her best and was sure her grandparents would love her picture.

The family were well on their way when Tara realized she had forgotten to bring her picture. Now, she would be the only one without a gift to give her grandparents and that made her very sad. She didn't want to ruin everyone else's trip with her sadness, so she quietly prayed in her heart, "Dear Jesus, somehow, someway, will you please . . ."

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Get all eight stories with activities for kids!

You will need a white paper plate, crayons, or markers. On the paper write, "Oh give thanks unto the Lord for he is good" Psalm 106:1, and then draw a picture of something for which you would be thankful to God and/or that you might eat on Thanksgiving Day. 

Copyright 1999 Cheryl Mariano

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