A Cloud of Witnesses
This Thanksgiving, what I am most thankful for are the people who’ve led and nurtured me in spiritual growth and aided me in spiritual comfort.
True thankfulness—especially in light of our historic Thanksgiving—is thankfulness to God. We can’t have this unless or until someone teaches us about God and leads us to follow Jesus Christ. In my case this was my parents. Both had conversion experiences as adults, making them possibly the first in their respective families to follow Jesus.
Spiritual comfort is not just the knowledge of God, but the connection of friendship and spirit with other believers. We all have people who ministered to us in difficult times. These are the ones who help us carry on. They point us toward God’s promises of help and hope.
So, on this Thanksgiving I’m not just thankful for the tradition, but even more for those who drew me to Jesus and kept me there. For you, it may have been your parents, a sibling, a counselor, a pastor or someone else who, for the love of God, were there for you in a difficult time in your life.
As I look aground the Thanksgiving table today I rejoice in the company of my family. But I also “see” a crowd of people—some in heaven, others in another location here on earth—who are also responsible for my true Thanksgiving.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1