Thanks

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks.” Luke 17:15-16 ESV

I try not to raise my voice, but sometimes I do. I try to be patient and use my teaching voice instead of an angry voice. I know he’s just immature, but sometimes I forget and say it a little too harshly.

Our four-year-old grandson often points out the one thing at meal time that he doesn’t like. When Gram (my wife) sets the plate in front of him, he might say, “But I don’t like peas!” Or he might respond, “But I didn’t want a red plate, I want a blue plate!” So sometimes he loudly points out the one thing he doesn’t like.

So I (Pawpa) will sometimes use my patient, teaching voice and sometimes I will use my exasperated, impatient voice and say, “Asher, tell Gram thank-you for preparing your meal.” And reluctantly he’ll say , “Thank-you Gram for preparing this meal,” with a moaning in his voice that there’s still something he doesn’t like.

“Jesus asked, ‘Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” Luke 17: 17-18 NLT

Jesus has just given a tremendous gift to ten men. He healed them of the horrifying, flesh-eating disease, leprosy. Only one returned to say “Thank-you.”

How often I act like a four-year-old and complain about the “peas” when God has given me a smorgasbord of blessings that I have to ignore in order to do my griping.

And what did Jesus say to the only man out of ten who returned to give Him thanks? Perhaps this is the most important part of the story. “And Jesus said to the man, ‘Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.'” Luke 17:19 NLT

Could it be that the one thing you and I moan about the most could actually be healed if we would just stop, turn around, and go tell God “thanks” for what He has so graciously given to us? Could it be this man’s faith that brought healing was ignited by a “thank-you?” Can gratitude be that powerful?

Our sins have brought a massive corruption to every part of this world! We can complain, work hard to make it a better world, or get angry and blame others. Perhaps one of the best things we can do is say to God a big “Thank-you” for the sacrifice He made of His Son Jesus on the cross to provide once-and-for-all the answer for our sin problem, His forgiveness and His presence.

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks.” Luke 17:15-16 ESV

May your Thanksgiving holiday be filled with … well … thanksgiving!

Father, THANK-YOU for preparing the meals we eat and forgive us when we gripe about the peas or the green plate. You, Oh Lord God, are SO gracious and kind. Thank-you for salvation through Your Son Jesus Christ!

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Amen.

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Pastor Denny

Pastor, Husband, Father, PawPa

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