Eucharisteo (yoo-khar-is-teh’-o) is a Greek word that means “to be grateful; to give thanks”
One of my favorite poets highlighted this word in one of her books early last year, and ever since then I have been thinking about this word, am I ever in a state of complete gratefulness? I think back to the many moments when I was anything but grateful, forgetting the goodness of God in my life and His mercy over and over. It is so easy to forget, but that’s when we have to cultivate a grateful heart for everything; the big things and the little things.
Where does joy come in? We know the frailty of happiness in our lives. It doesn’t last, but joy because it is not created, but freely given by God it has so much more meaning. And I think, when we are consistently giving thanks, and being grateful for the many things that come our way, whether good or bad; we are allowing joy to take root in our lives.
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Here Paul is reminding the Church to constantly be grateful, whether during trials or good times, for little and for plenty. Paul knew more than anyone the reality of our life here on earth. There is no such thing as perfect life. He too walked through trials and great times. But he knew that joy was his reward, and it can be ours too; joy in the midst of difficulties.
I have been challenged to make a list of the so many things I am grateful for, I’ll name a few below. To me this is a reminder to cultivate a heart of gratefulness in everything, to remind myself to always be thankful for the opportunities my Father has given me, and the doors He has walked me through. Here are a few:
- For the opportunities to speak freely about Him.
- For His unconditional love for this wayward child.
- For disciplining me, because I know it’s because He loves me.
- For the many gifts He has entrusted me with.
- For blessing me with a family that can handle the craziness of who Remeca is.
I pray that this word sparks something in your heart as it did mine, and as we approach our different seasons, I hope we never forget who brings us in, through, and out of them. Love and Peace to all!