And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; Luke 17:15 NABRE
Jesus while travelling to Jerusalem is met by ten lepers, a disease of isolation. They know Him and call to Him as Master, seeking pity for their disease. Jesus is connected to God and has the power to heal them. Jesus tells them to show themselves to the priests. Going to the priest is necessary so they can be declared healed and pure. As these ten begin the journey to the temple they are all healed of their disease. One returns to Jesus to glorify God and to thank Jesus. This is a great demonstration of gratitude, one person returns and witnesses thanks for God and Jesus. Gratitude is the way of becoming whole, being healed is one thing but to look gratefully at the healer makes the person whole, it brings peace. “Give thanks to the LORD for he is good, his mercy endures forever!” Let that be the prayer of the LORD’s redeemed, those redeemed from the hand of the foe, Those gathered from foreign lands, from east and west, from north and south.” (Psalm 107:1-3) Let gratitude be our prayer. Gratitude brings wholeness but in order to show gratitude we must return to say thanks. Without making the effort to say thanks we have left our gratitude a little incomplete, we are not whole.
When we live gratefully we realize everything from God is a gift, the good and the bad in our lives brings us wholeness. We must never forget that God is always with us, for this alone we should be ever grateful, but we must also realize we are receiving what God wants us to receive to make us whole and in communion with God. Christians close to Jesus live with a radical gratefulness and see good in all.
For what are you grateful? How many times a day could you say thank you?We must realize we are receiving what God wants us to receive to make us whole and in communion with God. Christians close to Jesus live with a radical gratefulness and see good in all. Click To Tweet
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