Give Thanks

Today, in Luke’s Gospel, we read about Jesus healing some folks.  This one of those miracles that has something expected in it.

In fact, what happens after the miracle is more amazing than the miracle it’s self.

Listen to what happens today in Luke 17

15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’

Ten folks were healed by Jesus.  Only one returned to give Him thanks.

Only one.

Why is that?  The text doesn’t say. We don’t know why only returned.  But we know that it happened.

Perhaps they were busy. Perhaps they were seeing family and friends they hadn’t seen in a while. Perhaps in joy, they just forgot.

But, they didn’t return to give thanks. For whatever reason, they didn’t come back to give thanks.

And, even more amazing, the only one of the nine to return and give thanks was a Samaritan. He wasn’t even one of the “chosen.” He didn’t know who Jesus was. He wasn’t one of the people.

So, of the ten, the nine that were Jesus’ people, that we were Jewish, they didn’t return to give thanks.

And the only one that did, was a Samaritan, a foreigner.  He gave thanks.

Today, are we thankful. Are we thankful for grace?

For life?

For family?

For health?

Today, yes, life may be hard.  You may have a lot of challenges ahead of you in the days to come. Yes, it may not be easy.

But, you are here.  You are breathing. You gotta a chance!

Be thankful. For the little things. For life. For the love of God and family. For all He has done.

And particularly those of us that are Christians, we should be most thankful.

For we know this – we are loved, we are forgiven.

We, among all folks, should be most thankful.

Today, give thanks, for God is good. And His love endures forever.

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