Vos Kamp met God in her late teens when she started going to church with a boy from her high school. She married that boy when she was 20. Her writing is poetic and soul-singing. She reveals her heart and the innermost parts of her being in her book, One Thousand Gifts.
For me, this book is perspective-shifting...even life-changing.
Is there a secret to figuring out life? Well, it may not be a secret but it is hard to figure out. A true, meaningful life can be found in the the process of "eucharisteo". This word has three greek words woven together to give it rich meaning.
- Charis- grace
- Eucharist- thanksgiving
- Chara- joy
Now, this is not easy. It's hard to see through the junk, hurt, disappointment of this world to the grace. But we must. To see through the thick layer of dirt on the windshield of life to the good and beautiful surrounding us is worship. See the grace in the mess. And give thanks for the speck of glitter in the mud.
“One act of thanksgiving, when things go wrong with us, is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclinations.”
Saint John of Avila
She shares that this challenge to write down and number one thousand gifts "becomes a dare to celebrate innumerable, endless gifts." It doesn't have to stop at #1000. And it won't. Life-gifts are innumberable. The hard part is for us to recognize them and focus on the grace, gratitude, and joy that should fill us and flow into the lives of others.
Find the gifts around you, unwrap them realizing they are there by GRACE.
Give THANKS and be filled with JOY.