Wonders of Creation and Eucharisteo
So much went through my mind as I considered the theme for this year's Luke 14 Party and Camp Celebrate. We just lost our dear friends Loletta Rogers and Gwen McAllister, and as I was struggling to come to terms with their passing, I found myself drawn to the book of Job. From there, the Lord took me to Psalm 8, where the first two verses leapt off the page:
"Lord, your name is so great and powerful! People everywhere see your splendor. Your glorious majesty streams from the heavens, filling the earth with the fame of your name! You have build a stronghold by the songs of babies. Strength rises up with the chorus of singing children. This kind of praise has the power to shut Satan's mouth. Childlike worship will silence the madness of those who oppose you."
The Psalmist continues by praising God for His creation, from the stars in the sky to the creatures of the deep. As I read, I could feel God was showing me the power of His creation, and the beauty of the world around me. Then I read Psalm 19 and I was convinced that the theme God wanted me to share with you all would center around His creation.
I’ve also been considering the ancient Greek word eucharisteo. It means thanksgiving, and I soon realized that giving thanks to God goes hand in hand with this learning to praise Him theme. It is one thing to learn about God's creation and admire it, but we take it to another level when we thank him for it! He has given us the amazing gift of the world around us, but how often do we pause to offer eucharisteo, thanksgiving for the creation God has blessed is with?
Going back to the Psalms, I read them again and saw that both Psalm 8 and Psalm 19 are giving thanks to God for the glory and majesty of His creativity. God showed me in Job 38 that His will controlled the most minute details of creation, and in the two Psalms, I saw how we should offer Him eucharisteo for His awesome creation!
Together, we are going to explore these topics even more! At our Luke 14 Party, we are going to take our guests on a journey to explore the Wonders of Creation, from the depths of the sea to the vastness of space! At Camp Celebrate, we are going to dive into the depths of true Eucharisteo on a Cosmic adventure, exploring the depths of space as our childlike worship literally shuts Satan's mouth!
I am so excited for this year's themes, and am incredibly excited to see the ways our volunteers are already working to bring them to life. It has already begun to bless me, and I pray that as you encounter the glory of God's creation, your heartfelt eucharisteo is so powerful that it shuts Satan's mouth and removes any power he has in your life!