“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)