In Luke 17:11-19 we find a story of Christ healing 10 lepers as He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. The leprous men stood at a distance begging for mercy. The wretched disease made them not only full of physical pain, but also full of emotional and spiritual pain. They cried out to Jesus for help. Jesus tells them to go show themselves to the priest, and in the process of walking, they find themselves healed of their incurable disease. They were cleansed. Healed. The insurmountable problem they faced had been overcome through Christ. With their problem behind them, nine of the lepers went on with life. On the other hand, one leper was overcome by what had happened. When this leper realized he had been healed, he did what the others did not. He turned back. He turned back glorifying God with a loud voice and then falling on his face giving thanks to Jesus. How many times have I faced the insurmountable in my life? How many times have I cried out to my Lord, “Jesus have mercy on me. Help me through this situation.” How many times have I cried out and then gone on, only to find out that along the way the problem I had faced had worked its way out? How many times have I realized that Jesus did in fact come through, and how many of those times have I said a quick thank you to God and then kept on walking down the road of life? More times than not, I am afraid I am like the nine versus the one. Christ answers my prayer, and sometime I give thanks, but sometimes I even forget. Sometimes I just find my prayers answered without even realizing it. I want to be like the one and not the nine. I want my thankfulness to be loud, and I want my thankfulness to glorify God. I don’t want to forget. I want to fall on my face at the foot of Christ and say that I will never forget. And so perhaps today and in this season of giving thanks, and even beyond it, I will try. I will try to be more aware of how Christ heals me, and comforts me, and rescues me, and loves me. No, I will try to be more than just aware, I will try to be awakened. And in that awakening I pray that I will turn around and glorify God in a loud voice. I pray that I will no longer take for granted how I am continually blessed. And I pray, I fervently pray, that I will fall on my face and give thanks to my loving Savior. This will be a thanks giving that truly glorifies God.
Happy Thanks Giving.