Happy Thanksgiving!

Some Thanksgiving-relevant bits from a current read, ‘One Thousand Gifts’ by Ann Voskamp. I’ve been chewing on this for a few days now and thought today an appropriate day to share:

“The face of Jesus flases [in my mind]. Jesus, the God-Man with his own termination date. Jesus, the God-Man who came to save me from prisons of fear and guilt and depression and sadness. With an expiration date of less than twelve hours, what does Jesus count as all most important? “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 knew it to be a 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.

…I breathe deep, like a sojourner finally coming home. That has always been the goal of the fullest life—joy….But where can I seize this holy grail of joy?…Deep chara joy is found only at the table of euCHARisteo—the table of thanksgiving.”

That said, Happy Eucharisteo from east to west!