What we at Beaches Vineyard call “communion” the Church through the centuries has called “The Eucharist.” The word Eucharist is derived from the Greek word for “Thanksgiving.” The very essence of communion, the root, is gratitude. The 100th Psalm says we are to enter God’s gates with thanksgiving, Or as Eugene Peterson says, “Enter God’s presence with the password: Thank You."
Gratitude is a primary doorway doorway to connection with God, essential in any movement towards the Transcendent. However, gratitude is not central to our basic human wiring. Modern psychological and neurological studies have demonstrated that the human brain has a negativity bias. We are five times more likely to remember something negative that happened to us than something positive. If spiritual growth is one of our primary desires, gratitude is an essential discipline in helping us to overcome our negativity bias and learn to celebrate in deeper and deeper ways the goodness of God in our midst. Join us this Sunday for a conversation on gratitude!