Happy Thanksgiving! This year it is more challenging to get into the the thanksgiving mood, since so many of us have been told to stay home, physically separated from our friends and family. We do this to show love to our neighbors and thwart the spread of COVID-19.

This year I offer my thanks to God by giving you this gift. It is a visual study of the Greek word for thanksgiving: eucharisteo.

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Jesus healed 10 lepers in Luke 17:11-19. Only one of them returned to say thanks.

The Greek word is eucharisteo. eu = good. charis = grace, joy, favor. When you read “giving thanks” in scripture, it can be translated “giving good grace, joy, and favor.” This is a wonderfully complex word overflowing with God’s goodness and generosity.

Jesus gave eucharisteo for the cup during his last supper with the disciples in Matthew 26:26-29. That is why many traditions call this meal The Eucharist.

The Law of Moses included a Thanksgiving Offering in Deuteronomy 26:1-11. This was a time for the Children of Israel to remember all the ways that God had provided for them and delivered them from oppression.

What are YOU thankful for this year? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments.

 

Good grace, joy, and favor to you, even in the midst of this difficult year.

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