Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Synchronicity and Thankfulness

When I was working through The Artist's Way with Deb Owen a couple of years ago, I learned to notice synchronicity- those times when the universe presents you with a message in multiple ways. Synchronicity came in a particularly unexpected place last week.

I've been reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and in it she mentioned a passage from the Bible in Luke about ten lepers whom Jesus told to go to their priests. All ten did and all ten were healed. One (only one) returned to Jesus to thank him. Jesus tells him that his faith has made him well. (Luke 17:11-19)

For some reason that story stuck with me, moreso than many of the other passages Ann shares in her book.

Last week I went to church for the first time in a while (meaning years, with the exception of a random visit here and there). In my small town there are five churches that I know of. I decided to go to the local Presbyterian church.

The congregation was small and amazingly welcoming (and not at all judgmental as has turned me off with other congregations in the past). Their pastor was out of town, so a guest pastor was filling in. Before her sermon there was a scripture reading of three passages, the last of which was Luke 17:11-14.

I was shocked. Of all the passages in the Bible, we read the one that still stirred in the back of my mind from Ann's book.

Now my problem with synchronicity is that, while I recognize it, I don't always know what to do with it. What does it meant that I've been shown this story twice? Perhaps it is a message for me to trust God so I can be cleansed and a reminder to give thanks.

This week I went back to church and the message was about giving thanks, much like One Thousand Gifts discusses. As Ann says repeatedly, "Eucharisteo always precedes the miracle." Eucharisteo is giving thanks.

It seems then that now is a good time to do another Thankfulness post.

Thankful

Today I am thankful for my family, nuclear and extended. I am thankful for having found some time to write. I am thankful for synchronicity even when I don't understand it. I am thankful for Ann Voskamp's book filled with eloquent, poetic, inspiring words.

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