Thursday, November 22, 2012

WEAVINGS: Give Thanks

WEAVINGS: Give Thanks
by Cindy Stiverson

"The Lord Jesus, on the night that he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it..." -1Corinthians 11:23-24

I purchased a book last winter which I was so excited about that I purchased two extra copies to give away. I had stumbled upon the author's blog and was incredibly intrigued. Yet, somehow the excitement of my purchase was derailed before it arrived. I have just in the last few weeks engaged it, only to discover the timeliness of this read. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp: it's the perfect read for Thanksgiving, for Christmas, for the alignment of my life's current endeavors, and perhaps...yours
 
The author wraps her mind, her heart, her life around the Greek word eucharisteo, "giving thanks". In the midst of her pain, disappointments of the past, and gruntwork of the day-to-day, the author begins a simple yet profound list. One thousand gifts. No, this is not a "what I want for Christmas" list! It's a list of how the simplest things are the sacred. It's a list of day-to-day unnoticed taken-for-granted blessings.

Eucharisteo: the word defines the final activity of Christ with his disciples. Knowing they were about to betray him, to deny even knowing him, he ate a meal with them, "he took bread, gave thanks, and broke it"(Luke 22:19). Today, the Eucharist is the church's sacrament of communion, the breaking of bread, the drinking of the cup, symbolically partaking of the broken body and poured out blood of Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving is the giving and receiving of charis: grace.
 
I'm guessing many of us will be seated around the turkey among family, friends, who have betrayed or disowned us. We have deeply rooted disappointments, disagreements, that show up at the family table. It will require grace to break bread and commune with them. There are loved ones who have passed on, leaving an empty chair that no one can fill, a void in our hearts. Yet, in the midst of this, we can search for and discover profound treasures in the unnoticed, the seemingly simple, the everyday. And the simple becomes profound in the writing of it.
 
Will you join me this Thanksgiving, this Christmas, in writing a list? Not a list of wants, but a list of haves; the simply profound joys of life and living and breathing. 
  1. a sun-kissed day of Indian Summer
  2. a soft butterscotch kitten purring against my chest
  3. the thrill of sharing my heart, my God-thoughts with unknown readers around the world...
What's on your list? The sharing of our lists is like breaking bread together, the communion of giving and receiving grace. Thanksgiving. I pray you will begin your list...and share it!



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I am a speaker, writer, artist and an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. I lead the women at NewarkNaz in Newark, Ohio. In 1998, God gave me a vision for Woven: Women of Virtue Network. It's a blessing to be involved in so many women's lives. Sometimes I think my heart will burst.
So very thankful for my hubby Mark. Extremely proud of my daughter speaker/author Nicole and son-in-law Matthew Bromley. Love my grandsons Jude and Isaac beyond measure.

Loving the Lord with all my heart and leading others to do the same is the greatest joy of my life!
     

2 comments:

  1. One Thousand Gifts is an amazing book!

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  2. Glad you've read it, Melissa! Happy Thanksgiving...and list making! :)

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