An Occasion of Gratitude

“…and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him.” Luke 17:16

The other night while walking from my car in the parking lot to the super market a person in a SUV that was on-coming, stopped to let me walk by.  Walking pass I looked up at the driver and waved my hand as an indication of my appreciation for their courtesy. These types of encounters occur for many of us almost daily maybe even a few times a day—someone does something nice and we say thank you.

In our text the Lord Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem, and as he was passing between Samaria and Galilee he entered a village and was met by ten lepers; all Jews except one that was a Samaritan.  Immediately they all raised their voices saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”  In response Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the priests and as they were going they were healed.  The Samaritan, however, was the only one of the ten who returned to Jesus, glorifying God and said thank you.

It’s interesting that he not only thanked Jesus, but his gratitude was as earnest and fervent as his request for the Lord’s intervention.  The Samaritan returned to Jesus, fell on his face glorifying God and said thank you.  He was truly transformed not only physically but spiritually because Jesus said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:19

As we approach Thanksgiving Day, we are embarking upon an occasion of gratitude.  It’s a special time when people reflect on being thankful even though we may not actually say thank you until perhaps when we gather at the table for turkey, dressing, and the other fixings. Thanksgiving Day for most of us though is intended to be an occasion of gratitude.

It’s a warm and inviting time when we become that someone, like the lepers, who has something to thank the Lord for—something to glorify God for, something that we can gratefully acknowledge as the LORD’s intervention of grace in our lives.

Just like I noticed the courtesy of the driver in the SUV and waved thank you, I thank God that the Samaritan leper, noticed his healing and seized the moment, turned around and transformed a bad day into an occasion of gratitude.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lurecie M. Stokes