Only One Said Thank You
Only One Said Thank You
“Then he said to him, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
 - Luke 17:19

This verse is the last in the story of Jesus cleansing ten lepers.  Found in Luke 17:11-19, it is a story very much about having an Attitude for Gratitude.  In this story, Jesus heals ten lepers as he enters a particular village, and sends them on their way, yet only one man returns to Jesus to praise him for his gift of healing.  The other nine did not.  What can we say is the reason that this one man returned?  Quite simply, his heart changed.  Sure, Jesus cured the leprosy, the physical ill that affected this man.  But more importantly, he changed this man’s spirit.  He cured the spiritual ill affecting this man, and being so changed, this man gave thanks to Jesus.   Christ does the same for us.  A devout, steadfast belief in Jesus as our Savior changes the very essence of our being.  We are made anew in Christ, and this process begins in our heart; in our soul.  Once it takes root, it is life changing!  We then begin to live our lives for Christ, being in His service, using our time and talents to lead Christian lives. Having undergone this change, shouldn’t we give thanks to Christ?  All good gifts come from God: life, love, the dawning of a new day.   Knowing this, it seems almost elementary that we should say “thank you”, and display an Attitude for Gratitude in our lives.
Gracious Father, you bless us in so many wonderful ways.  Your love for us is beyond measure.  The strength you give us is unlimited.  The comfort you bring us is endless.  For these and the many other ways you enrich our lives, help us to slow down and recognize all that you are, and all that you do for us.  Help us to develop an attitude for gratitude for your works of grace and mercy.  And in so doing, help us to pass on this attitude to others we come in contact with, through our words and deeds.  In your name we pray, amen.
 - Marc O’Neal


Last Published: November 27, 2013 3:40 PM
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