He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him… Luke 17:16 (NIV)
While grocery shopping, I overheard two children talking to their mothers. The first child was a little boy riding in his mother’s shopping cart. The mother had placed a package of luncheon meat in her cart. The little boy kept repeating loudly, “Give me! Give me a piece of lunch meat!” When the mother wouldn’t give it to him, he began yelling, “I’m starving! I’m starving!”
Shortly after, I passed another young mother, pushing her little daughter in her cart. As I passed, I heard the little girl say very quietly, “Thanks, Mama.”
I thought about those two widely different responses the children had given and wondered about my responses. In my times of prayer, do I say “Give me” far more than I say “Thank you?”
The story of Jesus healing the ten lepers is told in Luke 17:11-17. All the lepers were healed, but only one returned to say “Thank you”. If you or I had been one of those lepers, what would have been our response?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please forgive us when we fail to say “Thank you” for the blessings you constantly give to us. Help us, like the one leper, to remember to express our thankfulness. Amen.
Norma C. Mezoe began writing after a crisis in her life. She has been a published writer for thirty years. Her writing has appeared in books, devotionals, take-home papers and magazines. She lives in the tiny town of Sandborn, Indiana where she is active in her church as clerk, teacher and bulletin maker. Contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org