Monday, January 23, 2012

A Morning Cup of Tea: The Ten Lepers

Good morning! I'm listening to the quiet in the house as my son and the cats sleep. I know it wont be quiet later in the day, he he! When J wakes up to the time he goes to bed he's usually singing, giggling, bouncing, or all three! He radiates joy most of the time because his needs are simple: good food, good rest (although admittedly not much of that is needed sometimes for him), someone to show him love and attention, and something to do. I am very thankful for him.
  If you are on Facebook or Pinterest, no doubt you've seen the quote that says "What if you woke up this morning with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?" It's an interesting thought. 
  Today we are reading verses 11 through 19 of chapter 17. I won't take the time to write out all the verses but I do hope you read it.  Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem, and he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Ten men with leprosy were near where he passed by and they called to Jesus. By law lepers had to be quarantined away from others. They were considered unclean. These men kept their distance from Jesus but they called to him and asked him for mercy. Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priests; he had healed them. On the way to see the priests, only one turned back and glorified God. He worshiped at Jesus' feet and thanked him for healing him. The one who turned back happened to be a Samaritan. Because the man was so thankful and acknowledged what Jesus had done for him, Jesus told him in verse 19:
  Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
  I have much to be thankful for, no matter my circumstances. God knows our hearts, but he likes to hear from us. Do I tell him how grateful I am for the blessings he bestows on me: another day to be with my family and (hopefully) teach others about God through word and action, a place to live, food to eat, the washer and dryer given to us by a sweet couple, the friendship of others? Or do I simply expect those things to be? God is not so petty that he would take away the things we don't thank him for, because it rains on the good as well as the bad. But neither are we guaranteed tomorrow or that people in our lives will always be there. Lives change. May we all remember to be thankful for what we have in our lives, and what God does for us, and for the people in our lives. 
  Until next time, have a great day.  


  1. I'm glad that God sends us blessings in spite of our ingratitude. On the other hand, thankfulness is so important that one of the reasons God "gave them up" in Romans 1 is because they were not thankful - verse 21. When we ask God for anything, we are to do it with thanksgiving, and even be thankful BEFORE we receive the blessing for which we ask. Such a simple yet powerful thing to remember thankfulness.