Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt
Read Luke 17:11-19 (NLT)
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.
More thoughts for meditation
Nine out of the ten of the lepers whom Jesus healed, did not return to say thank you. Gratitude is not a universal trait among humans, but it can be fostered. We can get better at being grateful and will often see benefits in our emotional and physical health if we do. It is about directing our attention to good things that others do for us, including God. Often many of us have the opposite tendency. We notice the bad things and give our attention to them. Perhaps our hope is to change things by offering our attention. This can be a worthy pursuit. But failing to notice the good that is present is folly. Jesus holds up the Samaritan leper as an example to follow.
Suggestion for action
Start a gratitude journal. Return to it often to tell God thank you.
You could use this song, popular a few years back, for some high-energy thanks.
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