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Another Thanksgiving Thought

As we celebrate another Thanksgiving, it’s appropriate to remember those things we are thankful for.  We all do this to some degree, right?  If nothing else, we should be thankful for the opportunity to be thankful.  But this year, I’ve been challenging those I’m most thankful for to let our thankfulness be a wellspring of life that allows us to give others things to be thankful for.  That’s a mouthful, I know.  Basically I’ve wanted to let my thankfulness be the things that motivates me to bless others.

This year my family worked together to do something that gives someone else something to be thankful for.  We chose as a family this year to enter into the world of fostering care.  We’ve seen the worst, and we’ve seen the best of the system.  The really strange thing, is that at it’s best…it’s still really hard.

As we drove back from letting the young boy that we’ve had for 9 months reunite with his own family, I was struck with how very thankful I am for my own family.  I’m thankful that life hasn’t presented the kind of challenges that forces me to have to reunite with my own kids.  I’m thankful that my children were big brothers and a big sister to someone that needed them desperately.  I’m thankful that this pain my family feels will be made better by us all being together.  Finally, I’m thankful that we get to imagine big things for our family, and act on those things in big ways.

Psalm 105:1  ESV

Oh give thanks to the  Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!

How has your own thankfulness impacted those around you this year?  

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.