This awful news makes the sharing of my word so very, very hard. Today is going to be hard eucharisteo for me. The book by Ann Voskamp "One Thousand Gifts" inspired the word and impacted my life in a big way. I truly want to LIVE FULLY right where I am.
The word that chose me this year is EUCHARISTEO—it comes out of the Gospel of Luke: “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them…” (Luke 22:19 NIV). In the original language, “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. He took the bread and knew it to be gift and gave thanks. Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning “joy.” Charis. Grace. Eucharisteo. Thanksgiving. Chara. Joy. So you can see why I chose the Greek word....it is so much more than just thanksgiving. Also that Eucharisteo (Thanksgiving) always precedes the miracle. I want to live a life of grace in God, seeing His gifts and thanking Him for it. I know that then I will know true joy.
Today I am starting my 1000 gifts list. Part of the Joy Dare on Ann Voskamp's website. Ann writes: “Learn how to be thankful-whether empty or full. Gratitude in the midst of death and divorce and debt-that’s the language I’ve got to learn to speak-because that’s the kind of life I’m living, the kind I have to solve. If living eucharisteo is the key to unlocking the mystery of life, this I want. I want to hunt, the long sleuth, the careful piecing together. To learn how to be grateful and happy, whether hands full or hands empty. That is a secret worth spending a life on learning.“ My prayer is that the Lord will show me His joy today.
Have you chosen a word for this year?