Giving Thanks this Thanksgiving, from the Jericho Staff and Authors
We took a moment here at Jericho to ask around and share what we are thankful for this year at Thanksgiving.
Chelsea Apple, Editorial Assistant
This year, I’m most thankful to have a great job that I love, and to be living close to my family and friends again here in Nashville. Music City is more interesting and fun than I ever thought, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to build a life here with the people I love.
Wendy Grisham, Publisher
I am most thankful for the support I receive from colleagues and friends. As a dreamer and an idealist, I often need others to keep my feet on the ground and these people are my anchors. I am thankful for grace that is extended to me when I don’t deserve it, patience towards me when things are hectic and kind words spoken over me and prayed on my behalf. I see the face of God in these kind actions every day and they restore my soul. My cup runneth over.
Jacob Arthur, Marketing Assistant
This year as I am every year around this time, I am thankful for the eccentricities of my family, the unusual gifts and strange humor of each member, and the overwhelmingly unique abilities of my family to love and care for each other and always doing so with a laugh, or rather, laughter.
Sarah Reck, Web Publicist
I’m thankful for my family, friends, and life. I’m thankful that my parents are always supportive, that I have a loving cat to cuddle with, and that my roommate is also a great friend. I’m thankful for the change of seasons, for living in New York City, for daily time spent outside, and for time to relax. Above all, I’m thankful for my God and His all-encompassing love and grace.
Brian McLaren, author of Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?
Of the millions of blessings I enjoy, I am especially thankful for
- family (to have my parents nearby, to have two beautiful granddaughters to visit often, to have four amazing adult kids, and to enjoy a growing and strong marriage of over 33 years),
- friends (soul-friends spread around the world),
- health (especially after a rough patch a few years ago),
- good and meaningful work (and great colleagues in that work),
- enjoyable interests (especially the outdoors and music),
- an amazing setting to come home to (here on the edge of the Everglades),
- abundant life in God’s justice, joy, and peace,
- and so many fantastic books waiting to be read (and written)!
Phil Madeira, author of the forthcoming book, God on the Rocks
I’m typing with one finger on an iPad screen while sitting in a casino lobby in Australia, so at the moment I’m thankful for one gig left in an arduous run Down Under. That being said, I am thankful for the dearest of daughters, a wonderful partner and her kids, the finest of friends, and the gift of another trip around the sun.
Christian Piatt, author of the forthcoming book, PostChristian
I am incredibly grateful that I have the opportunity to spend time every day writing, which I love so very much. I know God is calling me to something when the idea of doing it fills me both with overwhelming excitement and raw terror. Though such an experience on a day-to-day basis might prove overwhelming for some, the challenge of painting an ever-growing picture of God’s “kingdom come” in the company of so many seeking the same is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for me.
Philip Yancey, author of What Good is God?
Earlier this month I spent several days in Sarajevo, Bosnia. I heard firsthand accounts of their brutal four-year siege in the 1990s, during which residents lived without heat, electricity, phone service, and clean water; an average of 329 grenades rained down on the city every day, and more than 10,000 people died. The next week I returned home to hear some of my neighbors speak of the U.S. elections as if they were the end of the world, and to listen to victims of SuperStorm Sandy complain angrily about slow repairs. Trust me, things could be much worse. We are blessed in this country, and Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect on those blessings.
Heather Kopp, author of the forthcoming book, Sober Mercies
For most of my adult life, thankfulness was a box to check, a duty to perform, or a flattering virtue I pretended to possess.
All that changed when I got into recovery for my alcoholism. I learned that, for me, a daily practice of gratitude was a matter of life or death. If I didn’t maintain a spiritual posture of thankfulness, I quickly grew discontent.
And then I wanted to drink.
So this Thanksgiving, while I appreciate all of my blessings, I’m most thankful for a growing capacity to experience gratitude as a living, breathing reality that leaves me feeling content.
For a girl like me, that’s a miracle.
Sarah Thebarge, author of the forthcoming book, The Invisible Girls
I’m thankful for being 6.5 years out from my breast cancer diagnosis. I’m grateful for the grace of God, and the modern medicine, that have allowed me to get this far.