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What are YOU thankful for this Thanksgiving season?

 I am very thankful to God for our family, health, home, friends, and opportunities to serve Him. My husband and I experience many blessings daily amidst the difficulties we have faced along our journey of life. We have learned that the God of the mountaintop experiences is the same God in the valleys throughout our sixty-three years of marriage.


I am also thankful for the spiritual legacy my great-grandfather left for me. He didn’t leave me finances or heirlooms but a spiritual trust fund, a foundation for future generations.

My great-grandfather lived in Poland; when he was a child he went through the motions of becoming a church member but did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. His parents died and left him as an orphan as a teenager and had to live with strangers. He writes that he did not live as he had been taught and followed the ways of the world.

After he got married he became very ill with a boil and suffered for 2 years. It was at that time he felt he needed Jesus and asked God to control his life, he studied the Bible, and a few years later he became a pastor. My great-grandparents had many sorrows, they had 13 children, and only two lived to be adults. The others died in infancy, war, drowning, and illnesses with a lack of medical care at that time.

I just read the story of his life and was encouraged with how they trusted the Lord amidst the losses, of war, persecutions, illnesses. etc. He writes that Psalms 103 was his favorite Scripture and helped him through the hard times.

Because of my great-grandfather’s faith in Jesus Christ, he left a spiritual trust fund that has passed through many generations. My grandparents, my parents, myself, my children, grandchildren are experiencing my great-grandparent's faith in Jesus. Even now my great-grandchildren are growing up in Christian homes.

Just as Moses told the Israelites the following Scripture gives us God’s role for grandparenting.

  Just make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live. Teach what you’ve seen and heard to your children and grandchildren.Deuteronomy 4:9 The Message (MSG)

Our children and grandchildren do not inherit salvation by birth into our families. Nevertheless, we can pray their hearts will be prepared for when they are presented with an opportunity to step into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  

You may not have a story to tell about a spiritual legacy. However, you have the opportunity to develop and pass on a Spiritual Trust Fund to your children, grandchildren, and future generations.


My prayer is that my great-grandfather’s Spiritual Trust Fund will continue to be passed on to future generations.

I hope and pray that you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving day

as you count your blessings with your family.



By Lillian Penner, Prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network.

PS: For resources to help you pray intentionally go to my website


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