Wednesday Word 10-12-16

Luke 17:11-19

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

I first heard the idea of a “gratitude journal” in the nineties when I read Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach.  The book is filled with ideas for enjoying the life we have.  The concept of practicing gratitude really struck me and I have returned to it many times.  Each night you are to list ten things for which you are grateful.  There are times when you just don’t feel very grateful.  That is when you need to think about gratitude the most.

Of course, I have learned to whom my gratitude truly belongs.  I wish I could describe what a difference it makes in my life!  No matter what is going on around me or inside me; if I can quiet my mind and remember the Father who loves me, who has blessed me over and over and over again, I can squarely face the situation. I know that I belong to him, no matter what, and that gives me great comfort. How could I not express my never-ending thanks?

You might consider a practice of gratitude. First and foremost to our Creator and to our Savior.  You might want to consider conscientiously expressing your thanks to those around you.  When you stop to think about the little everyday things that we do for each other, expressing thanks should be second nature.  Speaking for Dan and myself, we have enjoyed so many instances of kindness from our friends here lately that we are filled with gratitude.  Try voicing your gratitude more.  It feels good.  It reminds us of all the blessings from our Father and from those around us…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ,