“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Expressing Gratitude

(Please read Luke 17:11-19)

April 27

In Bible times, life was hard for lepers. They were under what amounted to permanent quarantine, exiled from their families and forced to shout, “Leper!” to keep people from getting too close to them.

So when these ten lepers were healed, their hearts must have almost burst with happiness. What a relief it must have been to realize that their affliction was gone! Suddenly they were free to go home to their families and perhaps to resume working at their former jobs, with no more isolation and no need to warn people to stay away from them.

It’s good to read that one of the men turned back to thank the Lord for his healing – but sad to realize that in our time the ratio of grateful to ungrateful people may not have improved much. Why don’t people say “Thank you” more often? Well, recall the words of Jesus, “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Maybe we need to work on our perceptions, trying to identify the many gifts and favors we receive continually because of the graciousness of God, and often of people. Then when we’ve honed our sense of appreciation and begin recognizing such blessings, let our hearts overflow in praise to God and to all our benefactors.

Please practice the simple words, “Thank you,” at every opportunity today – beginning on your knees this morning.

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