It's a word that has been replaying in my head today as I reflect on my colleague's sermon from this morning. In his sermon, he talked about listing our blessings and thanking God for all the things he gives us. He later told us that the word in the text for thanksgiving is translated Eucharisto. As I sat there and listened to his sermon, I found myself reflecting on that word. At the end of that service, I shared with this beloved community of faith that I was leaving and have accepted a new call. Then at the beginning of the second service, I had to share that letter again.
As I sat their and reflected on the past six years, I found myself clinging to that word "eucharisto" because this community of faith has blessed me in more ways than I can count or even imagine! This community of faith has continually wrapped me in God's grace and mercy. This community of faith has completely made me into the woman leader that I am today!
And little did I realize how I had also blessed them until this morning. It was unbelievable to me how many people came up to me and told me congrats or told me how much I have grown or simply just gave me a hug and said, I cant say anything more right now (And in that simple action...they told me more than they ever needed to say!)
I know that the next 5 weeks, as I prepare to leave this beloved community of faith, will go quickly! I know that this community of faith will wrap another leader just like they have wrapped me and the leaders before me. But yet it is so bittersweet! And so I find myself clinging once again to that word "Eucharisto" (The Great Thanksgiving). One member came up to me today and simply uttered that simple word to me "Eucharisto."
So tonight I find myself uttering it back! I am thankful for the homes and families I have been blessed to walk with at DLC. I am thankful for my dear colleagues and friends. I am thankful for Pr M and his wife S. I have learned so much from M and will always consider him a mentor and friend. I am thankful for my Tuesday morning ladies. I have learned so much about life and living for them. I am thankful for C; our office secretary. She has blessed me in so many and various ways! I am thankful for....You, and you, and you, and you......(I wish I could name you all here but that would make this ONE REALLY LONG BLOG POST!) :) I am thankful for soooo much!!!
"Eucharisto" my brothers and sisters in Christ!