I’ve been thinking about the following words by Ann Voskamp today (from her book, One Thousand Gifts):

Eucharisteo–thanksgiving–always precedes the miracle….

On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it.  Then he broke it in pieces…” (1 Corinthians 11:23-24, emphasis added). Jesus, on the night before the driving hammer and iron piercing through ligament and sinew, receives what God offers as grace (charis), the germ of His thanksgiving (eucharistia)? Oh.  Facing the abandonment of God Himself (does it get any worse than this?), Jesus offers thanksgiving for even that which will break Him and crush Him and wound Him and yield a bounty of joy (chara).  The mystery always contains more mysteries.

Do I really want this way? …

What preceeds the miracle is thanksgiving, eucharisteo, and it is a Greek word with a hard meaning that is harder yet to  live. Do I really want to take up this word? …

Is there some easier way to the fulfilling life?

I’ve already made my choice.  What is yours?


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