Greetings from Texas...sort of - haven’t actually left yet, but will be there by the time you read this.
So, here it is, Thanksgiving week. Another year, another day set aside to thank God for all His goodness the whole year through.
Is that all this holiday is about, though. Is God pleased with our taking one day out of each year to thank Him for what He does for us 365 days a year?
In Luke 17, Jesus is traveling along the border of Samaria and Galilee when 10 men with leprosy meet Him. They beg Jesus to have pity on them and heal them. Naturally, Jesus does just that.
As they are on their way to show themselves to the priest, they are cleansed of the “various disease of the skin” was affecting them.
I’m certain all 10 were grateful. I know all 10 truly appreciated what Jesus did for them. I am convinced that all 10 knew beyond a shadow of a doubt where their healing came from.
Never-the-less, only one of the 10 turned around and made the extra effort to tell Jesus “Thank you.”
And, mind you, he was not ashamed to tell Jesus thank you. He was very demonstrative in thanking Jesus, “He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him.” (Luke 17:16)
Jesus healed us from a disease with far more devastating consequences than leprosy...He healed us from the disease of sin.
Please think about the example of the Samaritan leper the next time you experience a blessing from God and are tempted to just accept it without truly thanking Him.
There, right there, you just experienced a blessing from God. You inhaled a breath of air and your body processed the oxygen and you are alive! So thank God for even the “little” things in your life.
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Go ahead, I’ll be here when you get back...no, wait, I’ll be in San Antonio, thanking God for my family in San Antonio. But I will also be thanking God for my family in Siloam Springs!
Have a happy Thursday...and a happy “Thanksgiving Day” EVERYDAY!