“Gratitude is the heart’s memory.” old French proverb
Notes from the Show
1. Gratitude is God’s gift to you—The key to gratitude is not in our giving thanks. It is a gift from God that He first bestows on you in Baptism and continues to nurture in you through His word and the Lord’s Supper. The word means undeserved favor, so even in the very meaning of the word, we see that this is not something we can do. It is a gift from God that we can receive and in faith cultivate by partaking of His gifts.
2. Gratitude is intimately connected to suffering—Before Christ can offer the gift, the eucharisteo to us, He must suffer and die. Suffering has always been inextricably intertwined in the life of believers.
3. Gratitude is trusting that what Christ has given is more than enough—The raw material of our lives in unchangeable. We can’t undo the fact that we’ve been hurt, that we’ve sinned, that we continue to sin. We can’t go back. The Lord gives His ultimate gift to us, Himself, in the Lord’s Supper, taken from the word Eucharist, which means literally true gift. In the Eucharist, or the eucharisteo, in Christ’s ultimate gift to us, He goes back for us, and make right all the mess of our past.
Resources and Links
- The Lord’s Prayer and the Abundant Life by Bryan Wolfmueller (podcast)
- Our Broken Hallelujah, a talk I gave on Art, Faith, and Suffering
- Abundant Life, sermon by my pastor, Paul Bushur (podcast)
- The Promises of God During Suffering, by Pastor Bill Cwirla (podcast)
- Hallowed by Thy Name, by Pastor Bill Cwirla (podcast)
- Thy Kingdom Come, by Pastor Bill Cwirla (podcast)
- Thy Will Be Done, by Pastor Bill Cwirla (podcast)
Edie, will you pray The Lord will help me turn from any pride that would keep me from him and repent and be baptized? Thank you
Edie Wadsworth says
Praying, sweet Kathryn. God loves you and He keeps His word.
Or, if my faith at my previous baptism was sufficient, that I will stop feeling condemnation. Just that I will see and believe his life is more beautiful than anything and have the humility to receive it.
In baptism God comes to you and cleanses you of all your sins. They are buried in the grave with Christ and you can no longer be condemned by them. God does ALL the work for you-and even if your faith wasn’t sufficient it is God’s power, not yours, that saves you! Be at peace-you only have to believe that Jesus died for YOU! And He did!
I enjoyed listening to your podcast and thought you had some great points. We all need more gratitude in our lives! One thing that came to mind while I was listening was that the sufferings that we all have in our lives are not exactly gifts from God in the sense that He sent them to us. Isn’t it that He allows Satan to act in the world and thus we all suffer either from our own sinfulness or the fallen nature of the world as a whole(i.e. natural disasters)? And God can then redeem the evil and bring about a greater good which is what we are then to be grateful for? Maybe this is what you said and I was distracted (I was making supper while listening…) but I just thought it was worth inquiring what you meant when you said that your past sufferings were a gift from God. Gosh, this got long and I wasn’t meaning to get into some sort of theological debate… Great series!
Edie Wadsworth says
Thank you, Lynelle! I’m no theologian either, which is why I link to them all the time! There’s a podcast above that will answer all those questions and more by Pastor Bill Cwirla. I highly recommend it. I just listened to it for a 2nd time and it is truly excellent. Bless you and thank you for listening.
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