How quick are we to give thanks?
To acknowledge that there is something to say thank you for?
To take the time to notice? And to do it?
Luke 17:11-19 (CEV)
Ten Men with Leprosy
11 On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus went along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men with leprosy came toward him. They stood at a distance 13 and shouted, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 Jesus looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”
On their way they were healed. 15 When one of them discovered that he was healed, he came back, shouting praises to God. 16 He bowed down at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was from the country of Samaria.
17 Jesus asked, “Weren’t ten men healed? Where are the other nine? 18 Why was this foreigner the only one who came back to thank God?” 19 Then Jesus told the man, “You may get up and go. Your faith has made you well.”
Here the lepers don’t even have to do anything like bathe in the river, they just have to go. No other word or action, just to go and show the Priests that they are clean. Healing has happened. The very action of going made them well.
One man came back. He was so grateful, he returned to say thank you. He realised what a difference the touch of Jesus in his life had made.
Did the others not realise? Not care enough? Or just take Jesus’ working for granted?
How much has God done for me…?
How many blessings, such freedom, peace, love and a new life has he given to me?
And do I thank him?
Or do I take it for granted? Do I take God for granted?
Do I come back to thank God? Or carry on my way without a second thought?
Perhaps today is a day to take stock. To spend some time thinking specifically of things God has done in and through us. Then return to him and say
Thank you Lord,
for the things in my life,
for all you have done
in and through me,
for all you have given to me,
for walking with me,
and filling me with your peace and hope…
Thank you Lord