As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  
And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Didn't I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?  
Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”  
And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”
(Luke 17:11-19)
From the moment we put the big bird in the oven till the last of the turkey sandwiches are gone, the focus of Thanksgiving is usually food. To be honest I’m a big fan of the turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce sandwich…with white bread and a slather of Duke’s mayo. So, enjoy the food and the family gathering, and remember why we gather in the first place.
The Bible tells us to give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. (Psalms 107:1) Yet that attitude can be lost in our secular-minded, “I deserve everything I have” culture. That may have been the mindset of the 9 lepers who were healed in the Luke passage above. Maybe they thought that they deserved to be healed, so there was no need to thank anyone. But there was one other. Perhaps he realized that he didn’t deserve any of the blessings that came into his life. So when one did fall upon him, he knew it was proper to thank the author of his blessing – God.
When we understand and practice giving thanks for our blessings, we begin to develop an increased awareness of all that God has given us, and a greater sense of contentment with our life. This Thanksgiving, try sharing Psalm 100 with all those gathered and then give thanks to the God who abundantly blesses you. Be the 1, not the 9. 
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
- Pastor Ross
Last Published: November 23, 2021 9:51 AM
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