I’ve been thinking about the importance of gratitude lately, about how important it is to remember to say “thank you” to God. And I’ve been reflecting on the 10 lepers that Jesus healed (see Luke 17:11-19). There they were, desperate for mercy and healing. They recognized Jesus and he healed them all. Off they went. But only one came back and thanked Jesus. What about the other nine? Were they ungrateful? Did they have a sense of entitlement? Was it all about them?
But before you judge the nine too harshly, maybe there are other reasons they neglected to express gratitude for the great thing Jesus did for them. Maybe they were caught up in the fact that they were pain-free and able to rejoin society. Maybe they were anxious to find their families. Maybe they were in a hurry to get on with their lives. Whatever the reason, they didn’t come back to thank Jesus.
“Then said Jesus, ‘Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’” (Luke 17:17-18
Isn’t it the same at times for us? We can feel desperate to have a certain prayer answered and then, when it is, we accept that goodness from God and just go on with our day, forgetting to stop for a moment to praise and thank him. But when we do, we multiply the blessing of that answered prayer. Our hearts widen and expand, and peace floods us. As Jesus tells the one leper who thanked him, “Your faith has made you well.”
Today, take time to be grateful. And don’t forget to let God know!
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