Our theme for this weekend is “Grateful” and the texts are Deuteronomy 26:1-11 and Luke 17:11-19.
I offer the illustration above as a visual meditation on the Greek word that we translate giving thanks. It is the word used when the one Samaritan leper returns to thank Jesus for healing him in Luke 17:16. It is also the word used when Jesus took the bread and the cup and eucharisteo, he gave thanks at the Last Supper (that’s why it’s called the Eucharist).
In the Deuteronomy text, the people are instructed to take the first fruits of their fields and bring it to the tabernacle. There they are instructed to recall the story of how God brought their nomadic ancestor to Egypt, then led the generations from slavery to freedom.
This week, as we gather in our homes on Thursday, take time to look back and see how God’s hand has been with you through the good times and the bad times. Life is God’s good gift.
Let us eucharisteo to God together.