Having just written about the power of gratitude in our own home, it was interesting to hear a sermon based on it.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? The he said to them, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” – Luke 17:17-19
Tonight we heard a powerful message about the need to be obedient, to be faithful – and to show gratitude when it’s appropriate. The pastor challenged us to consider what does modern-day “Leprosy” look like in our lives, in spiritual terms? Where are we not showing gratitude?
Indeed, gratitude in of itself, does posses a remarkable healing quality. In fact, one of the best ways to shift the negatives in the day is to focus on gratitude…even if it’s basic. In “The Hiding Place” Corrie Ten Boom tells a story of how her sister believed in what the New Testament said, and used gratitude to tolerate the fleas and lice in the dormitory of the concentration camp they were imprisoned in. Through their faith – and gratitude, they were even able to find the blessings of those horrific circumstances (the fleas kept the violent guards out of the dorms – giving them some solace).
It has been said that one of the best prayers are simply “thank you.” Indeed, as we close the day, I give thanks to our family, and to our God for His tremendous blessings. As we do this daily, it is my hope that our children will grow with hearts of gratitude for what is good in our lives – healthy bodies, a safe house, a warm bed, full bellies, clean water, flushing toilets, hope for the future, freedom, purpose, friends & family that loves them dearly and so much more. With gratitude there is peace – this is a gift God gives us where ever we are. It’s time to rise and go in gratitude!