11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
The part of this passage that really speaks to me are verses 17-18. Jesus notices gratitude! In fact, it is the gratitude of the Samaritan that reveals the depth of his faith!
I have much to be grateful for – my recent recovery from brain surgery, my beautiful husband and 2 kids, my life in general. And yet, how often do I remember or take the time to thank God specifically
for everything He has done and continues to do for me?
“Lord, I pray that I will not be like the other nine lepers who were so consumed with what had occurred that they didn’t take the time to stop and thank you. Create in me, Lord, an attitude of gratitude and may that be a demonstration to others of my faith in you.”
Written by Ps. Jen Irving