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turkish dad and daughter

I preached a sermon last week about gratitude. Arguably the best part of it was a video clip of Ann Voskamp talking about gratitude. The darkest moment was actually saying the words, “Attitude of gratitude!” While I’m usually pretty immune to being affected by my own sermons, this one has got me thinking. I’m actually trying to apply Ann’s challenge to write down three things you’re thankful for each day. It’s a smart practice on many levels. 

Can I share with you three things I’m thankful for in regard to Muslims? 

  1. I’m thankful that the Saudi crown prince announced his intention to return the kingdom to a more moderate approach to Islam. I’m politically naive and perennially hopeful, but I take this as good news. 
  2. I’m grateful for the Muslims who taught me to enjoy new foods and beverages: Jordanians who introduced me to coffee and knafeh; Indians who shared nan and biryani; and the kind and crusty old Turkish guy who introduced me to Adana kebabs and beer. 
  3. I’m grateful for my friend Ismael who’s taught me about kindness, generosity and risky compassion. In many ways he looks a lot more like Jesus than I do. 

Feeling some gratitude related to Muslims in your life? Share it here

And now a challenge: Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays, is just around the corner. There might not be an easier time to take a risk and invite a Muslim family to dinner. And “What am I thankful for” is a built in conversation starter! Maybe this seems easy to you. Great. If not, if you have questions or concerns, please post them here and I’ll address them. 

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