From the Fuller Youth Institute website
by Kara Powell, Executive Director
“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the weather. I love the food. I love spending four mellow days with my family.
Most of all, I love what Thanksgiving stands for.
In a culture that elevates entitlement and what’s-best-for-me, Thanksgiving invites us to be grateful, and to share that gratitude with both friends and strangers.
As followers of Jesus, gratitude takes on a special meaning. As Dave and I love sharing with our own three kids, we live gratefully because of God’s grace—because of all God has done for us through Jesus Christ.
Grace is what separates Christianity from every other religion. And grace is the ultimate fuel for our gratitude.
If you asked me to share one insight at your church or your Thanksgiving family table with the young people you care about most, it would likely be this: Because of God’s grace, we live our lives as thank you notes back to God.
But maybe you’re a leader or parent wondering how to help teenagers and young adults marinate in this truth this month—especially because for some of us, this year has been punctuated with more heartbreak than joy… ”