St. Luke 17: 11 – 19

August 13, 2022

11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Praise and thanksgiving. If some neighbor or coworker helped you with a problem, you’d be quick to say so and acknowledge that person to be a good friend. Where can we find a better friend than Jesus? No one you know died a horrible death for you or opened the kingdom of God for you. Nope. There was only one. His name is Jesus.

Here’s a little homework assignment for you. Find a few quiet minutes in your day and get a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Think for a few minutes. Then write out all the things you thank God for. Actually write ‘thank you God for …’ I once created a ‘rosary’ of thanksgiving, listing my family, my health, my home, the food on the table, etc. and said this rosary once a day. I know – that’s a little extreme but surely you can write a thank you note to God in just a few minutes. Might even be a good practice once a month or even once a week. He is there at your side 24/7/365, seems like we can take a couple of minutes to thank Him for it.

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