The following are quotes from Ann Voskamp, written in her NY Times Bestseller, “One Thousand Gifts”:
“Satan’s sin becomes the first sin of all humanity: the sin of ingratitude. Adam and Eve are, simply, painfully ungrateful for what God gave.”
“We don’t see the material world for what it is meant to be: as the means to communion with God.”
“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them…” Luke 22:19
“‘he gave thanks’ reads ‘eucharisteo.'”
“The root word of eucharisteo is charis, meaning ‘grace’. Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks…eucharisteo, thanksgiving…also holds it’s derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning ‘joy’.”
“Is the height of my chara joy dependent on the depths of my eucharisteo thanks?”
“If all these were gifts that God gives-then wasn’t my writing down the list like…receiving.”
“I would have to learn eucharisteo…learn to live fully…learn how to be thankful…Could the list teach me even that hard language?”
“In counting gifts, to one thousand, more, I discover that slapping a sloppy brush of thanksgiving over everything in my life leaves me deeply thankful for very few things in my life.”
“Thanksgiving creates abundance; and the miracle of multiplying happens when I give thanks–take the just one loaf, say it is enough, and give thanks–and He miraculously makes it more than enough.”
“Wherever you are, be all there’ is only possible in the posture of eucharisteo. I want to slow down and taste life, give thanks, and see God.”
“God is always good and I am always loved. Everything is eucharisteo.”
Happy Thanksgiving!! May we count our Gifts of Grace Everyday.
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