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Give Thanks

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

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,
loving me,
healing me,
challenging me,
and filling me with your peace and hope…

Thank you Lord

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Thank you

I have to confess that one of my pet hates is people not saying thank you.  Its not really that I’m looking for gratitude, but an acknowledgement is good.  Acknowledgement that something has happened – especially something that didn’t have to – the giving of a gift, spending time with someone, opening a door, preparing a meal.  It is good to thank you – after all it costs nothing.

Saying thank you show an attitude of heart.  It shows that you are thankful for what you have, but equally importantly shows that you have noticed what someone else has done.

In the context of our readings it is acknowledging what God has done for us.Both these occasions take place in the context of healing, but the principles apply to all of life.

Naaman had been suffering from leprosy. His wife’s servant girl suggested that if he went to the prophet Elisha, he could heal him.  Naaman was not very keen on what he considered to be Elisha’s unorthodox methods, but when he eventually followed them, he found himself to be cured.  Through this Naaman realised and acknowledged that God “is the only God in the whole world”, and brings a gift to Elisha in thanksgiving.

Jesus met ten men with leprosy.  Each one of them was healed as they responded to Jesus’ words.  But only one of those men came back to say thank you.  The other nine just went on their way, happy to receive the blessings, not thinking to thank the one who gave them.

It is so easy to take God and all he gives us for granted.  Do we take the time to stop and consider what God has given to us, his goodness to us?  Do we return to him and thank him for his generosity?

God has given us so much.

It is good to take time to stop and think, acknowledge and give thanks.  Let’s take some time to do that now – and every day.