“…eucharisteo is how Jesus, at the Last Supper, showed us to transfigure all things—take the pain that is given, give thanks for it, and transform it into a joy that fulfills all emptiness. I have glimpsed it: This, the hard eucharisteo. The hard discipline to lean into the ugly and whisper thanks to transfigure it into beauty. The hard discipline to give thanks for all things all all times because He is all good. The hard discipline to number the griefs as grace because as the surgeon would open my son’s finger to heal him, so God chooses to cut into my ungrateful heart to make me whole” p. 101.
Perhaps you have dealt with great pain–a loss of a dream, a coveted job, a loved one to accident or cancer. What have you learned about giving thanks for it all? Or, to be honest, are your struggling with giving thanks in all things?
Most recently, many of us prayed for a dear young woman (wife, mother and teacher) who fought the cancer battle. We begged God to heal her and looked forward to how she would glorify Him with the healing of her body; however, God chose to take her Home for the ultimate healing.
After struggling with her homegoing for some time, we have learned to thank Him for her life and testimony during her short time on this earth which has made an eternal impact. Do we still miss her? Yes. Do we understand? No. But we have learned that God is good even when we don’t understand. We are still learning to “lean into the ugly” and give thanks for all things at all times as we number the griefs as grace.