The Posture of Gratitude/ A Quality of the Soul

Remembering to say "thank you" is a daily practice in my life, and having found the creative space and renewed strength that I need to breathe and write, I want to use some of it to give a heartfelt "thank you" to all of you for your love and support of me and for stopping by to visit my page.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is "The Ten Lepers" (Luke 17), and in remembering it today, I encourage you to practice being "one of the ten" who expresses gratitude and joy to God and others.

In the story, Jesus walked through a small village and saw a group of ten lepers.  Naturally, the lepers stood at a distance, as people with this disease were thought to be unclean... But they knew who Jesus was and that he had the power to heal them, so they wasted no time in calling out to him. They said: "Jesus! Master! Have pity on us!" And he heard them and said: "Go show yourselves to the priests"...
So they went on their way to see the priests, and as they went, they looked at their skin and noticed that their leprosy was gone! Jesus healed their disease... So they were all so happy that they ran up and down the streets singing and dancing... But suddenly, one of them stopped... and went back... And praising God with a loud voice, the Bible said that he threw himself at Jesus' feet, and said, "Thank You!"

Then Jesus said to him, "Didn't I heal ten men...? Where are the other nine"...? Has no one returned to give glory to God?

(And this is where I usuallly pause and ponder...)

I'm sure that we all can relate to being like these lepers at different times in our lives... busted, disgusted and maybe even lame... But we also can relate to the times that we cried out to God for help and Him saving us and answering our prayers.

So let us not be like the nine that got so excited about "the thing" they received that we forget (or fail) to stop, go back and thank God for providing it.  But let us be "one of the ten"... and practice gratitude.

-Chana




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