Scripture Reading: Luke 17:11-19
Let us begin today’s reflection with the words of Thomas A. Kcmpis “Be grateful, therefore, for the least gift and you will be worthy to receive more. Nothing is small that comes from the Most High God. Indeed, even if He sends punishment and affliction, we should accept it with gratitude; for whatever He permits to happen to us is always with our salvation in view.”
A very young boy, who with tears always beckoned on his mother to buy him a pair of shoes, would not accept no for an answer, and as such constantly repeated his petition to his mother. On this faithful day his mother yielded to his request, took him to the market to buy him a shoe of his choice. As they pass through the market streets, he sighted a man without legs and remained there, looking at him to a point that it took an external force from his mother to keep him moving. Then he realized that having no shoe is not the worst experience. He turned to his mother saying, “Thank you mum for giving me a leg. ”
Dear friend in Christ, gratitude simply means, ‘thank you from the depth of my heart’. Gratitude is the virtue, the quality, the habit, the jet that opens doors of opportunities to you. It puts you in good terms with God, thereby making you to be more pleasing to men. Our scripture reading today informs us that God does take note of our appreciation. Verses 17-19 of our reading says; “Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you w ell.” From our reading, we realized that gratitude comes from our realization of God’s goodness and mercy. It is a characteristic of an authentic faith. Gratitude has the power to save, and the power to make us whole. It opens our consciousness to the positive things. It sustains relationships, and perfect your social behavior, thereby attracting into your life the best connections and results.
After the thirty years war in 1649, in which death, starvation and pestilence were prevailing all around in Germany. Martin Rinkart composed the famous hymn of gratitude to God; “Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things hath done, in whom his world rejoices…” With gratitude, broken marriages have been re-established, failed relationships reunited, hopeless medical cases have been resolved, teachers have brought out the best in the most terrible students, many have gone from having nothing to becoming super wealthy, many have gone from being rejected into being influential and wanted, all thanks to the power of gratitude. Remember this; “An ungrateful one is not worthy of fresh favour. ”
- Thank the Lord for all his blessings in your life and that of your family.
- Ask God for pardon for the times you have been ungrateful to Him and neighbour.
- Pray with Psalm 145:1 – 9 (seriously and meditatively).
- Take this prayer- Prayer of Gratitude: Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits and blessings, which you have given me, for the pains and insults, which you have borne for me. Merciful Friend, Brother and Redeemer, may I know you more deeply, love you more dearly and follow you more closely day by day- in Jesus name -Amen.
Exercise: To those yet to be appreciated, go and say thank you to at least one person.
Memory Verse: Psalm 100:4