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The Thankful Leper~~~Thanksgiving Devotions

Posted by (Stephanie) on Nov. 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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The Thankful Leper

"Remember to say thank you!"

"What a nice gift! Now, what do you say?"

If you're a parent (or spend much time around kids), you know how difficult it is to teach children to express simple gratitude when they receive something nice. I consider it a smashing success when my young daughter remembers to mumble out a quick, not-exactly-heartfelt "thank you" before rushing along to the next birthday present or shiny object.

As we grow older, we learn the rules of politeness and gratitude. We come to understand the importance of expressing thankfulness at the right times. But that doesn't mean we always do it! One of Jesus' most famous miracles illustrates exactly how difficult we find it to say the words "thank you."

Luke 17:11-19

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"

When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

Think About It

  • Have you ever been frustrated when somebody didn't thank you for something you did for them? Why does a lack of gratitude sting us?
  • In the parable above, why do you think the nine lepers didn't return to thank Jesus after such an incredible gift? Can you sympathize with them?
  • Was it really important for the lepers to thank Jesus for what he'd done? Is expressing gratitude merely an act of social politeness, or is there more significance to it?
  • What has God done for you that you haven't thanked Him for? What do you need to thank God for today?

Scriptures are from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

by on Nov. 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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chrismisha Kim
by on Nov. 28, 2013 at 1:13 AM

BUMP!

ninamsi Nina~Admin
by on Nov. 28, 2013 at 1:59 AM
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I often say thank you to the bus drivers when I get off of the bus.  God has done so much more for me.  I find myself saying "Thank you" to God during the day because without God I would not exist.  People not saying thank you to me usually does not bother me.  I get upset when my children do not thank other people. 

chrismisha Kim
by on Nov. 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Gratitude has to be taught and learned. You are doing a good job of teaching your children. You go mama!!!

Quoting ninamsi:

I often say thank you to the bus drivers when I get off of the bus.  God has done so much more for me.  I find myself saying "Thank you" to God during the day because without God I would not exist.  People not saying thank you to me usually does not bother me.  I get upset when my children do not thank other people. 


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