"Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where ae the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?"" (Luke 17:17-18)
What are we "thankful for"? We aren't even to November yet let alone Thanksgiving. But can we stop to think about what we have to be thankful for? Everyday there are things to be thankful for but are we? Do we stop to thank God for even ONE thing let alone all the various blessings we have? I remember, back in the dark ages, when we said grace before a meal (and sometimes after as well) but it doesn't happen very often now. Or, like I was just talking about with a group, can we each night think of at least one thing - and preferably three things, to be thankful for? Blessings of the day.....
The readings are about being thankful for the blessings we have. Jeremiah is telling the people it is time to "move on with their lives." It is time to "build houses and settle down." (29:5) Paul is reminding Timothy of the Gospel and for being able to "obtain salvation that is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 2:10) And Jesus is questioning where the others are. (17:17) All 10 were healed. We don't know if any of them went to see the priests (v. 14). All we know is only one returned to praise God and thank Jesus.
What about us? God has blessed each and all of us, to my knowledge, with a roof over our heads, food, families and safety. We don't have bombs exploding or fires, floods or hurricanes. Are we thinking of other things we can praise and thank God for? Or do we wait until November and the one day called "Thanksgiving"? Something to think about........
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