Grandparents’ day celebrates generations of community and thanksgiving

By Forrest Ahrens

Forrest is a sophomore who is interested in math and science. He enjoys writing about human interest topics and exploring ideas that we encounter, but may not consider, in our daily lives. His hobbies include canoeing and backpacking, engineering and acting.

Posted: November 26, 2015

The clamour of people talking and laughing echoed through the hallways as grandparents met with their students in the campus room to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend during the Thanksgiving chapel.

Every year Minnehaha gives grandparents the opportunity to come to the school the day before Thanksgiving and give thanks, with their grandchildren, for the community and gifts that they are blessed with.

This day gives older and younger generations a chance to connect
through faith and thanksgiving and encourages this by providing a link through scripture and song.

The chapel began with prayer and a reading of psalm 100:

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

The psalm was read by members of the Minnehaha community in English, Romanian, Chinese, Slovak, Danish and Spanish. The chapel also included songs performed by the school choir and band as well as hymns sung by the audience.

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