Scripture: Luke 17:11–19
Key verses: (15-18) 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16 He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”
Reflection: Thanksgiving. Yes, it will look different this year. This year, I will not run into you at the airport excited to escape for some sun without any family or about to board an international flight to catch up with a college student who is doing study abroad. We may not be adding the extra leaves to the table or cooking quite as much. What will not be different this year? The opportunity we have to gather together and give thanks to God.
That is what I really love about Thanksgiving. The time to acknowledge that each moment of life is enough. We have enough, we are enough and what we experience is enough. Jesus healed ten but only one returned to give thanks, with a LOUD voice. Did the other nine not notice they were healed or were they too busy to give thanks? Let’s start practicing our gratitude as we walk these days to Thanksgiving. God has certainly brought some healing, transformation and definitely grace into our lives this year.
If you have not seen the healing, give thanks for the ordinary, everyday things that bring you joy. A child’s laugh. A text from a friend. Chocolate chess pie.
I invite you to stop for a minute today and just take notice of all that God has given you. It is enough.
When we practice gratitude, we cultivate the ability to see wonder, awe and possibility in each moment of our lives. You will be surprised what begins to happen. God enters our lives with healing and wholeness. Bitterness is replaced with contentment. Daily routines become defining moments. The ordinary becomes holy.
Gratitude researchers and scientists also show that this faith practice can bring actual healing; creating stronger immune systems, lowering blood pressure, and helping us sleep better. Grateful people also have a greater capacity for joy and positive emotions.
Let’s not wait until Thanksgiving. Be like the Samaritan and give thanks. Be loud.
Prayer: God, I am grateful.
And even …
Thank you for your love that sustains me every day. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].