“Gratitude for the seemingly insignificant—a seed—this plants the giant miracle.”
“...life change comes when we receive life with thanks and ask for nothing to change.”
“The practice of giving thanks...eucharisteo...this is the way we practice the presence of God,
stay present to His presence, and it is always a practice of the eyes.
We don't have to change what we see. Only the way we see.”
I recently read Ann Voskamp's book One Thousand Gifts and was moved and inspired by it in so many ways. The book is currently #4 in its category on the New York Times bestseller list .
The video below is a trailer of sorts for the book.
This is a book to read and re-read - to highlight and mark up and quote from, to download to
your e-reader, to share with friends.
The book reminded me of why I started this blog, but it also showed me that what I have been trying to do has only touched the surface of what giving thanks means.
As Ann Voskamp says,
“Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always precedes the miracle.”
Giving thanks - it seems simple and easy. In reality it means changing the way you see. It means changing your life minute by minute, day by day. It requires patience and practice.
Here are a few of the things I've listed in my gratitude journal this month:
Warm shower, hot coffee
A hug from my brother
Deja Vu at the pool with Sy
A good long run
Home with my love
Walking into a warm house on a cold night
Crocuses lined up by the walkway
JH's smile, G's batman cape
Glorious, glorious sunset
Bird song in the morning
Sharing a meal with a friend
A full moon through the trees
A good long run
Happy faces and excitement at the park with M & E
Heated car seats on a cold morning
An afternoon nap and a good book
Tulips on Valentine's Day
Champagne with dinner
Origin of EUCHARIST
Middle English eukarist, from Anglo-French eukariste, from Late Latin eucharistia, from Greek, Eucharist, gratitude, from eucharistos grateful, from eu- + charizesthai to show favor, from charis favor, grace, gratitude; akin to Greekchairein to rejoice — more at yearn
First Known Use: 14th century
from Merriam Webster dictionary