Cultivating Gratitude

Nov 26, 2015

Beth Guckenberger

Ever since our kids were little, we’ve put them to bed asking two questions, “Who did you see being kind today?” and “What are you grateful for?” As I have been teaching this to our new 14-year old son, I’ve been modeling for him with my own answers. I am struck with how often my answers involve you, our Back2Back extended family.

I am grateful you keep coming, to lift up kids and learn their stories. I am grateful you make sacrifices, to put braces on those you only know in pictures and pay for school books you will never read. I am grateful you sponsor children and build buildings, you pray for strength and learn alongside us. Thank you.

I see you being kind to staff, encouraging them with notes and sharing your support. I see you being kind as opportunities arise and you advocate, giving voice to children without one. Thank you.

This season, I pray you’ll experience gratefulness and kindness as a boomerang, and that your basket fills to overflowing with the blessings you have showered on us.

Beth is an author, speaker and mom. She and her husband, Todd, serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries. Beth frequently travels and speaks at conferences drawing on her vast experiences with adoption, foster care, spiritual care, and non-profit leadership, serving and living internationally for over 15 years. Between biological, foster, and adopted children, Beth and Todd have raised ten children.

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