Will you be like the nine? or the one?

Luke 17:11-19, Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Do you ever wonder why only one man came back to thank Jesus?

This scripture is not just about a colony of lepers, it’s about us.

While we do not know what it is like to live in the conditions of the ten in that particular colony, you would think, having been cleansed and healed there would be nothing but praise for the God Who made it all possible; yet, only one, only one stopped to recognize Jesus and give Him gratitude.

How often do we forget to stop and thank God for all the many blessings He has given us? How many times do we overlook Who is responsible for our healing, our protection, our comforts?

Today is Thanksgiving. A day to remember all that we should be grateful for in our lives. A day to celebrate family and friends. A day to express to one another and to God our thankfulness.

Will you be like the nine? or the one?

I wish for you a day filled with laughter and fun. I wish for you time to reflect on all that you have and to cherish the time you have with those around you.

Happy Thanksgiving


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