Our Christian spirituality is relational. Our relationship with God is one of perfect giving and perfect receiving. God is the giver. The gift is love. We are the receivers. We are the thanks-givers. The gift is loving gratitude. God becomes the receiver.
We, as His chosen, must endeavor to live our lives in this sharing flow of love. How do we get caught up in this endless spiral of love, this spiritual energy? By coming to God in prayer with a grateful heart. Our gesture of gratitude completes the exchange, accelerates the spiral in which the giver gets thanked and so becomes the receiver. The joy of giving and receiving rises higher and higher until our gratitude becomes the reflection of His mercy. It is this which makes us like Him.
It is important for us to remember that all that is is a divine gift. Every breath we draw is a gift of love. Every moment of our existence is a grace. Thus, our sacrifice of thanksgiving can only be offered in gratitude. Such gratitude implies not just a quick easy word of thanks, but rather our whole lives given over in grateful response and loving obedience.
The great mystery of gratitude is that what is accepted in thanksgiving multiplies in the sharing of it with others. We give more than we receive when we accept it in gratitude. Five loaves and five fishes, when received as a gift in gratitude, were enough to feed a multitude of people.
Would this in itself not be enough to call forth our hearts to prayer, to offer all that we have, all that we are, all that we could ever hope to be, back to Him in a deep sense of gratitude?
Prayerfully, may you share this crumb of broken bread with others. ~Betty