Prayer for the Week Nov 24 – The Little Things

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This week of Thanksgiving there will be an onslaught of thankfulness blog posts, Tweets, Facebook status, Instagram and Pinterest photos.  Everywhere you look you will see someone posting their gratefulness, and it’s a good thing.

Every good gift

As I woke up this morning, I felt the Holy Spirit asking for the little things, the little ways that we can be grateful.  It’s not that the Lord wants us to be ungrateful for the big blessings in our lives, but when we can see the little things, the every-day-somtimes-overlooked things, if we pause in gratefulness over those, that’s what will get us through the most difficult days.  I like to think of those little moments of thanksgiving like breathing.  You will die if you stop breathing.  It’s a slow spiritual death if you forget thankfulness for the little things.

Ann Voskamp wrote a book called 1,000 Gifts, which shares her journey of healing from the past by living in a place of eucharisteo – a feeling of thankfulness or being grateful.  I recently read an interview with Ms. Voskamp and I want to share with you what she says.

…this is the word that can change everything: eucharisteo—it comes right out of the Gospel of Luke: “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 saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took the bread and knew it to be 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.” Charis. Grace. Eucharisteo. Thanksgiving. Chara. Joy.

Deep chara joy is found only at the table of the euCHARisteo; the table of thanksgiving. The holy grail of joy, God set it in the very center of Christianity. The Eucharist is the central symbol of Christianity.  (You can read the full interview at

Jesus did it all for us.  He died for us so that we could come to the table, participate in the Eucharist and live in grace and joy.  He created a way for us to live in a state of gratefulness and thanksgiving through the breaking of the bread, His body and the drinking of the wine, His blood.

Please be grateful for the big blessings in your life, but don’t over look the little things either, for if you do you may lose site of the most important thing, Christ Himself.  My prayer for you this week is that you will truly receive Christ in the daily living of eucharisteo.  Won’t you receive him?

Is not the cup

  1. Georgina - November 24, 2014

    I learned something again here at The Provision Room!  I get the luxury of education without the final exams 🙂  Though most of us would agree that LIFE is full of various tests along the way.  Thank you for posting this beautiful lesson on eucharisteo.  

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